Melanie’s career is focused on creating effective work systems and clear, strategic communications that benefit children, communities, and the environment.
Melanie is passionate about supporting meaningful learning experiences for children. Her education policy and program experience spans early childhood, K-12, and higher education. She is an advocate for connecting kids with nature and using environmental education to foster learning and address challenges, help children grow socially and emotionally, achieve academic excellence, navigate group dynamics, and express leadership to solve environmental and sustainability challenges.
She believes that every school and all school systems can offer children content-rich, real-world relevant, facilitated learning that truly empowers and educates our children to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex world.
Melanie believes it can be done through systems change.
As a volunteer, Melanie is an avid grassroots leader in Fairfax County, Virginia, advocating for public education funding and improvement, and community engagement in civic life. She is also on the Leadership Team of NoVA Outside, an alliance of outdoor educators, and a champion of statewide environmental literacy plans.
Melanie’s calling card is a relentless pursuit of goals, and a passion for building networks to accelerate success.