Focus your work. Create connections. Change the world.
Crafting messages, language, strategy and products to prompt action from targeted audiences
Connecting allies to accelerate progress in education, sustainability, and the public good.
Work Management Systems
Designing efficient work systems and supporting team communications
Research and Analysis
Conducting interviews, data scans and more to analyze trends of success and challenge
Applying expertise in PreK-12 education programs and policy, specializing in environmental literacy and nature-based connections
Coaching and Facilitation
Leading workshops, facilitating strategic meetings, and communications coaching
Clients and Collaborators
Melanie focuses on creating effective work systems and clear, strategic communications. She is a communicator, advocate, strategist, and project manager. Her passion is promoting meaningful education that prepares people for success and strengthens local communities.
The process person.
Defender of all things good and fun.
A force of – and for – nature.
In Newport News, VA, a shipyard company is revolutionizing what it means to create a workforce pipeline. Recently I spent the day on-site with company staff in a jaw-dropping experience, as part of my monthly Sorensen Institute Public Leaders Program. The company,...read more
It’s a term I coined years ago to encompass the holistic components I saw that students need to succeed in school, beyond the academic portion of learning. I define it as: Ensuring access and time to eat healthy food during the school day, Respecting the need and...read more
There is so much writing, research, and advocacy happening lately to promote the role of physical activity and play in the school day. In Virginia in the 2018 legislative session, we experienced an amazing achievement from the efforts of tireless parent advocates and...read more
"Melanie brings calm to chaos with a strategic, professional and kind approach... She made our work possible."
"Melanie is a mission-driven professional who can be trusted to represent an organization's best interests and move work forward."
"She brings her heart, brain and full energy to every project."
"Her talents and vision have taken our organization to the next level. I highly recommend her."
"She uses a variety of tools to keep us organized and has been instrumental in giving our organization a web and social marketing presence."
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