Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Melinda (she/her/hers pronouns) manages finance, administration, human resources and information technology globally. Since joining ITDP in 2004, Melinda has overseen the organization’s financial management through major periods of growth, previously serving as the Chief Financial Officer and as the Director of Finance & Administration. Previously, she worked as a researcher at Hunter College on human rights and political persecution projects and as an office manager for a real estate company. Melinda also spent a semester working in Mexico with Dr. Jorge G. Castañeda, ex-Foreign Minister of Mexico and then presidential candidate.
Melinda has lived and studied in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a specialization in international finance from Fordham University.