Melanie served as president of the Urban League of Onondaga County for three years before receiving her Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University. She is the current Upstate New York regional executive director for National Grid, and has been with the company for more than 23 years. She is the trustee/officer of Onondaga County Community College and serves on many boards including the Downtown Committee and Syracuse Say Yes to Education.

“Some of the most significant board work we did was around literacy. I found it was the window into the souls of people who live here and helping them achieve something significant. We wanted to foster an environment where literacy was an expectation for us as a community. We’ve been a quiet catalyst for so long, and I look forward to the continued escalation of our voice. As our foundation continues to grow, so does out corpus. That gives us the ability to have far greater impact.”
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