Melissa began her career as an associate in the risk management group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC). In this capacity, Melissa performed a wide array of services for telecommunications companies such as attestation support, litigation support and revenue recapture services. During her time at PwC, Melissa mentored high school students through Minds Matter, a volunteer organization that provides college prep guidance to public high school students. Melissa made a career switch in 2003 and entered education through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. She taught math in a public middle school in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan for three years. Through this experience, Melissa gained an interest in the management of schools and school systems, and decided to pursue her MBA with the intent of applying management tools to the public education sector upon graduation. Last summer, Melissa was an Education Pioneers fellow and interned for Teach For America under the vice president of strategy for the Teacher Support and Development group.
Currently, Melissa serves as vice president of community and the chairperson of Community Action Rewards Everyone (CARE) for Columbia Business School. Upon graduation, Melissa will work for Uncommon Schools, Inc., which is a Charter Management Organization in New York City. Melissa is a founding leader of the newest school in the Uncommon Schools network, Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School (BSC). Melissa will serve as the director of operations for BSC, which will open its doors to students in August 2008.
Melissa graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in economics. She also earned her MSE in 2006 from City College of NY. Currently, Melissa is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, pursuing a concentration in social enterprise.