What I Believe

Give kids a strong start in life through early education. 

Let kids learn and play outside.

Support biologically respectful lifestyles where kids have time to rest, eat, and move.


Who I Am

I see structure and systems among ideas, projects and organizations. I’m a connector. I think big, even idealistically. I get things done and I don’t disappoint.


My calling card is focus, knowledge, creativity, and a can-do attitude.


My experience at the US Department of Education was a grounding point for what matters: systemically improving education in America. Layered onto that was working at a consulting firm learning project management, business management, customer service, marketing and communications, and strategic counseling. My Masters in Public Policy from Duke is an undercurrent of it all. As a result, I’ve crafted my own brand of unbeatable client service combined with a passion for helping youth.


In addition to owning MKM Strategies, I help lead two nonprofits: #IamFCPS, a grassroots advocacy group supporting public schools; and NoVA Outside, an alliance of educators

Meet Melanie

See me in Action

Listen here to my take on connecting kids with nature and the arts.


Hear me roar! Advocating for funding of Fairfax County Public Schools with coverage on major
news networks.