During her undergraduate education, Melissa was fascinated by global affairs — especially how the activity of countries impacts people’s day‐to‐day lives. This led to her pursuing graduate studies in human rights and trying to identify ways to address injustices. That experience culminated in a thesis project aimed at determining which economic, social, and cultural rights are guaranteed in the United States. Her research included reviewing all 50 state constitutions and identifying what housing, healthcare (pre‐Affordable Care Act), food, and other needs were guaranteed as rights.
At Public Sector Consultants, Melissa brings that educational background together with her experience in the nonprofit sector to help clients improve the quality of life for Michiganders. She facilitates complex collaborations across sectors; gathers information through surveys, interviews, and research to make policy recommendations; and implements custom solutions to challenges large and small. She is energized by projects related to social determinants of health and those aiming to help the state’s most vulnerable populations.
Prior to joining PSC, Melissa focused on fund development and marketing for organizations across the nonprofit sector, including community development, advocacy, education, international development, and conservation. She has worked at organizations of all sizes and can relate to clients with a range of challenges and resources.
A Little More…
Education: BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University
With PSC since: January 2019
PSC superpower: Finding pragmatic, creative solutions to complex challenges
Favorite part of working at PSC: Tackling Michigan’s biggest challenges with a bright and hardworking team
Why Michigan? Michiganders are work‐hard, play‐hard kind of people — and opportunities for both abound