Partners of the Americas is pleased to welcome Melissa L. Golladay as the organization’s Interim President. Melissa has over 12 years of professional experience working in Latin America and the U.S. on citizen diplomacy, volunteerism, leadership and community development.
Prior to becoming the Interim President, Melissa served as Vice President for Education and Global Citizenship, leading programs that connect volunteers, youth and professionals across borders to collaborate on issues including workforce development, community-led development, climate change, entrepreneurship, and government transparency. She previously served as Director for Professional Leadership Exchanges and Youth Engagement as well as Program Officer with the Center for Civil Society, where she worked to build the capacity of CSOs and government to increase citizen participation in local decision-making.
Melissa has led sessions for more than 900 youth and adults in volunteer management, proposal development, and leadership skills. She has given presentations at the Youth Service Institute, the Conference on Higher Education and International Volunteer Service, and the National Conference on International Citizen Diplomacy. In addition, Melissa has planned numerous conferences including the International Youth Ambassador Summit and the Conference on International Volunteering and Higher Education. Melissa serves as Treasurer of the Board for the Building Bridges Coalition, a coalition over 300 organizations, private sector corporations, and universities working to scale up and improve the quality of international service.