Director of Content

Nova Scotia, Canada

Oregon, United States of America

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Melissa is Director of Content at Foundation. She has more than a decade of experience building and scaling content marketing programs for startups and small businesses.

She believes that equal access to information and ideas can change lives for the better and give people a chance to succeed. She’s passionate about helping professionals in underrepresented groups learn how to advance their skills, advocate for themselves, and build strong career paths.

Melissa is an active member of the Forbes Communications Council and a pay equity advisor for 81cents, an organization that helps underrepresented workers achieve fair pay.

When she’s not word-nerding, she spends time hiking, gardening, cooking, and wine tasting. 

Here is a brief taste of Melissa’s vibe:

WHAT IS USUALLY PLAYING IN YOUR HEADPHONES?

Here’s a sampling of artists that are on regular rotation: Tristan Prettyman, Ed Sheeran, Bob Marley, Vance Joy, The Lumineers, The Weeknd, Marvin Gaye, Reel Big Fish, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, The Weepies, Isbells, Beastie Boys, Vampire Weekend, Debussy, and Chopin. (Yes, I’m serious about those last two. Classical music has some real bangers.)

WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

I‘ve always been artistic so I wanted to be a ballerina or a writer—and I’ve done both!

Although I ultimately decided I didn’t want to pursue a formal dance career, I studied classical ballet for 28 years and performed countless times.

My passion for words has been the north star of my career. I started writing poetry and short stories in elementary school and attempted my first novel in high school (alas, it was a failed attempt). I kicked off my content marketing career as a full-time copywriter before working my way up through editing, strategist, and leadership roles. I’m lucky to be able to do what I love for a living.

WHAT ARE YOU HAPPIEST DOING, WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING?

I’m happiest when I’m outdoors on a sunny day: either hiking through the woods with my dog or enjoying a glass of wine and a charcuterie board in a local vineyard.

WHAT IS YOUR HIDDEN TALENT?

I have a highly visual memory so I tend to remember details that others may forget, such as the exact shirt someone was wearing or an object that was placed on a coffee table. When I took tests in school, I “saw” the answer in my head by visualizing the page on which I’d read the words.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTES?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver

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