Marketing & Communications Specialist
Since 1991, Melanie has been telling stories through words, pictures and 3-dimensional environments in museums, libraries and other places for informal learning.
In 2005, she moved from Boston to Charlotte to join the staff that would open ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. Her first priority was the integration of programs, operations, visitor experience, and to establish the “voice” of the ImaginOn partnership. This experience sparked an interest in non-traditional collaborations, and the increasingly overlapping and complementary missions of libraries, museums, and other environments for intergenerational learning.
Melanie returned to consulting in 2012, and developed recommendations for youth programming at the Boston Public Library, led a task force charged with researching the feasibility and potential scope of a Holocaust education center in Charlotte, and served as content developer and writer for exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, the Dallas Arboretum, Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah, and Amazement Square Children’s Museum in Lynchburg, VA. She is also a contributing writer for School Library Journal.
In the fall of 2015 Melanie returned to the Library temporarily to cover a maternity leave in the Marketing and Communications department. The staff member on leave returned, but Melanie stayed on in a freelance capacity, managing communication surrounding ImaginOn’s 10th anniversary year.
Joining the Foundation staff feels in many ways like coming home, and sharing the story of the Library’s value couldn’t be more natural.
Melanie holds a BA from Tufts University, and a MEd from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.