As CEO, Melissa leads strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising strategy at Access Afya. Melissa took Access Afya from idea to pilot. For the pilot, Melissa meet with village elders and chiefs to discuss the project, tested over a dozen digital health systems to select the appropriate electronic data management system, and built the physical clinic. She then hired Kenyan health workers, project managers and fellows to staff the organization.
With a dual Bachelors in Political Science and International Studies from New York University and a MPA in Public Service, Melissa brings extensive experience in international development. With over seven years experience, Melissa has worked with companies and NGOs focusing on community development, urban development, and finance. Melissa enjoys travel. Last year, work and personal travel took her to France, Germany, Ethiopia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Namibia, and the United States.