Current Role at Stanford

At the Stanford University Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Melina and her colleagues work toward the vision of a disaster resilient university. Since March 2020, Melina has been supporting the Stanford Emergency Operations Center's (EOC) strategic response to COVID-19.

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 Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and holds a leadership role in 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