Melissa Golladay is the Vice President of Education & Global Citizenship at Partners of the Americas. She has over 12 years of professional experience working in Latin America and the US on citizen diplomacy, volunteerism, leadership and community development.
As Interim President, Ms. Golladay leads programs that connect volunteers, students, youth, and professionals across borders to collaborate on issues such as 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. Ms. Golladay has co-authored four publications on civil society participation in the Inter-American System and case studies of successful programs.
Ms. Golladay is a trained facilitator and has led sessions for more than 900 youth and adults in volunteer management, proposal development, and leadership skills. Ms. Golladay 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, Ms. Golladay has planned numerous conferences including the International Youth Ambassador Summit and the Conference on International Volunteering and Higher Education. Ms. Golladay served as the Chair of the Agenda Committee for the 2nd World Summit on Youth Volunteering in 2011. In addition, Ms. Golladay served as mentor and facilitator at the Youth Forum of the Americas preceding Sixth Summit of the Americas in 2012 and led a delegation of youth leaders at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in 2009.
Ms.Golladay 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.
She earned a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, concentrating in Social Development and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.