Melissa Banigan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advice Project Media (the "Advice Project"). She believes in the power of grassroots organizations, and feels that great storytelling can change the world.
Melissa's approach is to always partner problems with solutions, and she drives this home in every program she develops and each story and film she helps create. She's spent over 20 years working with youth, families, children, people living with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized people in schools, private residences, and community programs. Passionate about working directly with people out in the field, Melissa has partnered with grassroots organizations such as Gender Danger, the Marie-claire N. Kuja Foundation, and the Mandela Voluntary Foundation in order to form strong relationships with local communities.
In addition to her work with Advice Project Media, Melissa is a multimedia journalist with work in The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, among many others. She's also an associate editor at Hippo Thinks. You can read more about Melissa's work on her website.