Melissa and a small group of concerned environmentalists founded EcoPel in 2013 in an effort to spur green action in the community. Always an animal lover, Melissa grew more concerned with the state of the environment after the birth of her first son in 1999, when it became more apparent that overwhelming burden of chemicals and plastic in our environment could be harmful to life. She has served as a board member at the Pelham Children’s Center, on the Site Based Council at Colonial School, and in many different capacities for the Colonial School PTA, culminating in a two-year term as President from 2010-2012.
Prior to moving to Pelham in 2004, Melissa worked as Country Manager for Eurasia at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for six years. She also worked in two Washington, DC think tanks, and spent time studying in Russia and working in Ukraine. Melissa has an MA in Russian and East European Studies from the George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from McGill University.