Melissa founded Access Afya in 2012. Influenced by her time in Kenya working in sustainable economic development in 2007, Melissa had felt both a need for, and seen a market for, better care. Melissa brings broad experience from financial and development sectors combined with a human-centered design framework to make sure that Access Afya creates products and services that will delight patients and be sustainable. As CEO, Melissa leads strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising strategy at Access Afya.
Melissa holds dual Bachelors in Political Science and International Studies and an MPA New York University in Public Service. Her work has been recognized by the Cartier Foundation, the Mentor Capital Network, and she has spoke globally about the Access Afya model.