Executive Director, WIBC
Melissa advises IBC clients on strategies and tactics to achieve their policy and advocacy objectives. Melissa has developed and implemented global strategies and campaigns for some of the world’s leading companies and trade associations, with particular expertise in agriculture, food, and the intersection of trade and public health.
In addition to her role at IBC, Melissa is Head of Americas and Global Head of Policy for Red Flag, which acquired IBC in 2021. Before joining Red Flag and IBC, Melissa led trade and global competitiveness strategies for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (now the Consumer Brand Association), on behalf of the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer product brands.
Melissa began her career in the U.S. diplomatic service, having been selected as a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. Melissa served at U.S. embassies in Honduras, Jamaica, and Brazil before returning to Washington to work on trade and economic policy in Latin America and Asia, most recently as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.
Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles.