Senior Vice President, Managing Director / Public Health
Melissa specializes in public health and health care communications, developing integrated campaigns that include advertising, public relations, social media, grassroots outreach and innovative partnerships to reach people at the right time with the right message. Her mission is to reduce complexity and provide health information in emotionally compelling and actionable ways. She worked with the Washington State Department of Health, Group Health Foundation and WithinReach to prevent the spread of HPV and pertussis, reduce tobacco use among youth and adults and encourage parents to talk with their kids about the risks of using marijuana.
Melissa is passionate about increasing access to health care. Through her work with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, she designed innovative outreach strategies that helped connect more than one million people in the state with health insurance—many for the first time.