Role at FSG
Melissa has deep collective impact expertise, helping collaborative efforts work together in new ways to solve complex social problems. She helped establish an initiative in Dallas comprised of over 100 organizations working together to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Most recently, Melissa spent over a year in Douglas County, NE, to start a collective impact effort for juvenile justice.
Melissa also has global development experience in both shared value and catalytic philanthropy. She led the development of a shared value strategy for a global pharmaceutical company’s Indian affiliate to increase access to insulin among low-income diabetes patients. She helped create a private foundation’s education strategy focused on improving the quality of primary and secondary education in target countries. Melissa also brings a unique perspective to the community philanthropy focus area based on her previous experience working with community foundations through CF Insights.
Before coming to FSG, Melissa worked at Marketing and Planning Systems (MaPS), performing market research and analysis for Fortune 100 companies. While in business school, Melissa worked with Ashoka’s Housing for All initiative to scale affordable housing solutions across India. She has also worked with the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) to execute the first benchmarking study of trends in the venture philanthropy landscape in Europe. Melissa also brings over two years’ experience as Program Manager in FSG’s CF Insights division to her consulting role, where she focused on issues of sustainability in both consulting engagements to individual foundations as well as field-building activities.
- ESADE Business School, Spain, MBA
- Bentley University, MS in Marketing Analytics
- Bentley University, BS in Marketing
- Net Impact
- Spanish – Intermediate
- Hindi – Basic
On working at FSG
“With a background in market research and financial analysis, I’m drawn to data driven approaches to decision making. FSG’s unique approach of combining analytics with a compassionate human understanding to solve social problems is what drew me to the organization. I count myself especially lucky to be able to tackle these difficult problems everyday with such an impressive group of colleagues—I am inspired every day by their passion, excitement, and ability to push the boundaries on how to catalyze social change.”