Current Role at Stanford
As a Public Health Project Manager at Environmental Health & Safety, Melina is supporting the University’s endemic response across the main campus, Redwood City campus, and SLAC. She also serves as a facilitator for the Public Health Steering Committee (PHSC), which is charged with the strategic oversight of emerging and endemic public health concerns for the University.
As a member of the Client Services team at University Human Resources (UHR), Melina supported Stanford's Flexible Work effort as the university identifies best practices to support on-site, hybrid, and remote work. She has served as the project manager of the Work Arrangement functionality in Axess and contributed to the university's COVID Compliance effort. She also led a process improvement project focusing on the Stanford Celebrates You program and helped design a strategy for future DEI-based employee recognition efforts at Stanford.
At the Stanford University Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Melina and her colleagues worked toward the vision of a disaster-resilient university. Since March 2020, Melina has supported the Stanford Emergency Operations Center's (EOC) strategic response to COVID-19 and has carried this commitment into her position at UHR as well as her current position back with EH&S.
Prior to this role with Environmental Health & Safety, Melina worked at Stanford's Office of International Affairs (OIA), where she helped develop strategy and communications infrastructure to support Stanford faculty, staff, and students with their global research and education initiatives. At OIA, Melina also managed the start-up phase of Stanford's new research center in Korea (SCIGC).
Melina is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and helped revive and grow the Community of Practice "Agile Stanford," which promotes Agile project management across campus.
Before coming to Stanford, Melina worked as an educational consultant in London (UK), supported international graduate students at Dartmouth College, and served as a desk officer at Germany's Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
Melina holds a Ph.D. in American Studies (University of Hamburg) and an M.Phil. in International Relations (University of Cambridge). She has published two books as well as several peer-reviewed articles in two different academic disciplines (American Studies and Musicology).
Service, Volunteer and Community Work
Board Member, Palo Alto Family YMCA, YMCA of Silicon Valley (October 1, 2019)
Palo Alto, California