Melissa Blackerby

Communications Associate

Melissa contributes to management of external communications, digital content and publication development, and event planning coordination. With a passion for digital storytelling, she manages social media outreach with the goal of engaging users in a two-way dialogue and establishing RPA channels as resources for philanthropy news. She also provides digital marketing and social media support to projects including the SDG Philanthropy Platform and the Art for Justice Fund.

Prior to joining RPA in 2016, Melissa supported the social media team at UN Women. She particularly enjoyed working at the United Nations during the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, which continue to be a source of inspiration throughout her career. Additionally, she has previously managed digital outreach for children’s rights non-profit ECPAT-USA and served as their United Nations DPI-NGO Youth Representative.

She is a graduate of Stetson University, where she majored in Communications and Media Studies with a focus in journalism. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys hiking the Hudson Valley, perfecting her roundhouses in the kickboxing gym, and knitting dress-up costumes for her niece and nephew.

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