Melissa is an experienced media and communications strategist with a focus on healthcare messaging, nonprofit advocacy and New York State politics. Since joining SKDK, she has worked to pass critical legislation, including the Child Victim’s Act, shape the narrative around key issues such as criminal justice reforms and climate change, and for Congressional and state candidates for office.
Using her extensive knowledge of New York State media and passion for healthcare communications, Melissa has worked with insurance providers, nonprofit organizations, and academic medical center clients—including the New York eHealth Collaborative, SUNY Downstate, and the Association for Community Living.
Previously, she spent 5 years at the Healthcare Association for New York State focused on political messaging, advocacy writing, and social media strategy to help hospitals fulfill their missions and improve community health.
Melissa built her communications expertise as a journalist with The Associated Press and a reporter for Newsday’s capital bureau, where she also served as the president of the Legislative Correspondents Association. Melissa also served as the senior assistant press secretary in the New York State Assembly’s majority press office. She graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she studied French, journalism and international relations.