Associate Director of Policy and Field Advocacy
Having started her relationship with NPAF nearly a decade ago as a volunteer, Melissa now oversees the volunteer program and leads all grassroots advocacy and education initiatives that advance the organization’s policy goals. In addition, Melissa manages a robust policy portfolio focused on issues related to health care affordability and patient and family quality of life, and serves as the co-chair for Patient Advocate Foundation’s health equity affinity group.
Prior to joining NPAF, Melissa was the lead program evaluator for Humanitas, Inc. where she reviewed health and wellness programs for Job Corps, a federal job training program for at-risk youth administered by the Department of Labor. Melissa also has a strong clinical background having worked directly with patients in both emergency and primary care settings, and has volunteered in her hometown’s free clinic where she worked to help provide comprehensive medical care to limited-resourced patients. Together, these past experiences fostered a deep passion for patient advocacy.
Melissa is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she received her bachelor’s of science degree in biology, and Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she received her master’s of public health degree in health management and policy. A self-proclaimed “foodie”, Melissa enjoys baking and cooking meals for her family and friends. When she’s not in her kitchen, you can find her gardening or spending time outdoors with her husband and Westie, named Winnie. Melissa resides in the Shenandoah Valley.