A New Orleans native and self-designated foodie, Melissa has more than 10 years of professional communications experience, including strategic planning, media relations, and digital and social media. Recently, she has worked at non-profit organizations and for the US State Department, where her work has focused on humanitarian aid and sustainable food programs in developing countries. She holds an M.B.A. from The George Washington University, as well as a M.A. in Communications and B.A. in Public Relations from The Florida State University. Melissa lives in Old Town, VA.