Melissa believes solutions to complex social challenges are most effective when they are imaginative, pragmatic and co-created with communities. She has more than 15 years experience working with resident leaders, community-based organizations, institutions and government agencies on collaborations and capacity building. Currently, Melissa is Director of Community Impact at LISC, a community development financial institution and intermediary. Previously, she served as Deputy Director at LISC Philadelphia and led arts and culture-based community economic development programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities, Asian Arts Initiative and the North 5th Street Revitalization Project. She serves on the boards of The Merchants Fund and Friends of the Rail Park.