Senior Policy Advocate, Job Opportunities Task Force
Melissa is the Senior Policy Advocate for the Job Opportunities Task Force, a nonprofit workforce intermediary that develops and advocates policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers. Melissa has significant knowledge and experience in government relations, legislative strategy, and coalition building, and is directly responsible for advancing JOTF's public policy agenda. Her duties include prompting public debate, testifying before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, meeting regularly with legislators and administration officials, and representing JOTF in the media and through her involvement in various statewide coalitions. She has been instrumental in successfully championing legislation related to workplace flexible leave benefits, the reentry of people with criminal records, unemployment insurance modernization, child support reform, adult education, and limiting the use of credit checks by employers. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Loyola University Maryland.