A committed advocate for a whole-person centered approach to public health and health care delivery, Melanie has served as Provide’s Executive Director since 2004. She is also a member of Provide’s Board of Directors. In this time, she has led Provide through significant organizational growth, to become a nationally recognized resource on the integration of abortion content into high-need/low-resource general health and social service settings.
With expertise in organizational development, program design, and adult-learning, Melanie has dedicated her career to addressing health issues and communities adversely impacted by social stigma and political controversy. Her career began teaching autobiographical writing workshops in New York City battered and homeless women’s shelters and has included work with rape crisis centers, Native American tribes, and adjudicated minors. Prior to Provide, Melanie served as the Education Outreach and Training Manager for the Family Planning Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she managed the program’s sexual and reproductive health education initiatives as well as provided training, outreach and community education resources to contracted family planning provider agencies across the state. As Coordinator of Professional Education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, she provided training in comprehensive sexuality education to parents, educators, and health professionals. She has consulted on numerous health communications, curriculum development and professional training projects with private and government agencies, addressing topics ranging from opioid-use to early stroke detection. She served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and was a founding member of the Harbor City School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and her Master of Education from Harvard University.