Melinda is the Executive Director of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), a nationally recognized state-based non-profit membership association in the field of workforce development. NYATEP educates and develops workforce boards, business organizations, education and training providers, economic development entities, organized labor, elected officials, and government agencies to sustain and enhance education, training, and employment for all New Yorkers. Previously, Melinda was the founding Director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation program, Graduate NYC!, an initiative bringing together the City University of New York, New York City public schools, Mayor’s Office, and a range of external partners aimed at improving education outcomes across K-12 and community college completion rates. Melinda also served as the acting Executive Director for the New York City Workforce Investment Board under the Bloomberg administration.
Melinda is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and holds a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany. She is a graduate of the NYC Workforce Leaders Academy, Leadership Buffalo and the Senior Non-Profit Leadership Program at the Business School at Columbia University.
Melinda has been a member of NSC’s Board since 2017.