Melissa Galvez is a Senior Communications Specialist at Education Resource Strategies, a non-profit consulting firm that works with large urban school districts and state education agencies to transform how they use their resources – with the goal of improving student achievement. She works with content experts to write or edit ERS’ main reports, plans distribution, and works closely with the Director of Communications on goal setting and branding.
Outside of work, Melissa has participated in two recent opportunities to build her leadership skills. Through the PresenTense fellowship (now dissolved and part of UpStart), Melissa studied social entrepreneurship and worked on a project to help senior citizens access transportation options like Uber and Lyft. She also served as chair of the organizing council of Havurah on the Hill, an all-volunteer group that organizes Shabbat services and dinner once a month in the historic Vilna Shul.
In 2012, Melissa graduated from the public policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she studied social policy with a focus on education. Her secondary interest was studying how the internet has affected journalism, politics, and government. Under the guidance of Nicco Mele, Melissa completed an independent project on what makes content with a social action goal “go viral” on the Web.
While at HKS, Melissa was selected for News21, a summer fellowship sponsored by the Carnegie-Knight Foundation to promote innovation in journalism. Along with a team from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Melissa reported on aging in America, from caregiving to the graying workplace.
Before graduate school, Melissa was a reporter for KUHF Houston Public Radio, the NPR affiliate in Houston. She reported on a variety of topics, from politics to environmental issues, community events to health care. She reported for Transportation Nation, a consortium of public radio stations looking at transportation trends across the country. She also started the Exploring Houston series, which highlights unique stories in Houston neighborhoods. She has received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award as well as honors from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the Texas Medical Association, and the Houston Press Club.
Prior to reporting, Melissa was an 8th grade Language Arts teacher with Teach for America in Houston. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history from Princeton in 2005, where she directed the play No Exit at Theatre Intime. She is fan of flamenco dance, good theater, international travel, and fondue parties, and is originally from New York City.