Melinda leads efforts to recruit, onboard, and support CareerWise New York employers in the hiring and training of high school apprentices. One of Melinda’s priorities is to create internal and external champions who are modeling partnership with public education to adequately prepare young people for 21st-century jobs.
Prior to this role, she was CEO of the nonprofit Code to Work which used technology and public and private cross-sector partnerships to create pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility in the tech industry. There Melinda facilitated the integration of Code to Work into the City University of New York (CUNY) and headed the program at CUNY Central. Prior to that role, she was a Product Director at NPower and managed its principal IT corporate pro bono platform, most notably the launch and growth of that offering, which now serves more than 1,000 NGOs around the world. As a former investment banker at JPMorgan Chase, Melinda played a key role in the origination and execution of equity transactions for the firm’s technology sector clients. Melinda is passionate about the transformational impact apprenticeships have on young people. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s from New York University.