Melissa Galvez is the Senior Editor for Content and Distribution at Education Resource Strategies, a non-profit organization that partners with school system leaders to transform how they use resources to enable every school to prepare every child for tomorrow. She works with content experts to write or edit ERS’ main reports, plans distribution, and works closely with ERS leadership on goal setting and branding.
Outside of work, Melissa has participated in two 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 imagine how senior citizens could access better transportation options – something 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.
She also offers tutoring services to middle and high school students – including SAT or ACT prep, and academic support in Spanish, French, English/writing, and history.
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 “go viral” on the Web, especially when that content has a “social action” objective.
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 care-giving 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, and worked for other education nonprofits such as the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship program at Rice University, and College Summit (now called Peer Forward).
In 2005, she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history from Princeton University, where she directed the play No Exit at Theatre Intime. She is fan of flamenco dance, theater (especially the musical Hamilton – ask for her story on this), Krav Maga, and international travel. She is originally from New York City.