Melissa serves as a Vice President, Executive Search for Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm that is dedicated to serving mission-driven organizations. In her role, Melissa is responsible for all aspects of the executive search lifecycle, from candidate development to partnering with clients in the placement of top talent, with focus on social justice and advocacy missions. Having worked in the nonprofit sector through development, program, and operations positions, Melissa has first-hand understanding of the needs for a variety of nonprofit roles and organizational cultures. Through previous positions with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Safe Horizon, City Year New York, and Cities of Service, Melissa has applied a social justice lens to developing marginalized communities and critical missions through a range of functions. Melissa serves on the Advisory Council of Equity in the Center, a national initiative dedicated to creating a more diverse and equitable social sector talent pipeline. Melissa holds a Master of Social Work from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, with a specific focus on philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. She earned her B.A. in Human Services and Theatre Performance from Northeastern University. Melissa and her family are based in Brooklyn, NY.