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Melissa spearheads the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan, establishment of metrics to assess progress, and monitors the University’s strategic initiatives. She also oversees Pitt’s enterprise project and portfolio management office to expand and strengthen project management capabilities and services across the University.
Prior to joining Pitt in 2019, Melissa spent nearly 20 years working in the U.S. federal government. At the U.S. Department of State, she led strategic planning, performance monitoring and evaluation, and enterprise risk management. Under her leadership, the State Department established its first multi-year strategies for every region of the world and for more than 180 embassies. In support of the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Information Officer, Melissa established a new performance management practice to improve tracking and assessing progress for the department’s IT investments. She also worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget where she provided budget formulation oversight for a $1 billion portfolio of international programs. Melissa began her career as a policy analyst in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles.
Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School where she earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. Melissa has been a certified project management professional (PMP) since 2008.