Prior to YSN, Melanie worked at the University as the Manager of Graduate Residence Life at the Yale Graduate Housing department. A native of Chicago, IL, Melanie completed her undergraduate degree in Art History and Sociology at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and recently graduated with a Master of Science in Education degree with a focus on higher education administration from Baruch College in New York, NY. Before Yale, Melanie worked at Connecticut College, Columbia University, and the Art Institute of NYC in various departments including multicultural affairs, housing, and admissions. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Yale Latino Networking Group and as a Fellow in Ezra Stiles College. She is involved with the ACPA – College Student Educators International and sits on the board for the ACPA Latino Network. She has presented on first-generation student retention initiatives and graduate student services and residence life.