Melissa Durda has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of philanthropy and non-profit project management.
As Senior Manager of the Global Philanthropists Circle at The Synergos Institute, founded by Peggy Dulany and her father David Rockefeller, Melissa worked with over 30 philanthropic individuals and families from around the world. In this role she helped them learn about effective strategies of giving, connect to global leaders in philanthropy and international development, refine or develop their giving strategy, and select, monitor and evaluate effective projects that were in line with their philanthropic goals. Melissa currently manages a Philanthropy Program at Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation where she connects private philanthropists with global leaders promoting human rights, civil society and democracy.
Melissa’s non-profit project management experience is in a variety of fields (education, children, nutrition, advocacy, emergency response, water, media) on projects in the Czech Republic, Africa, Asia and the United States. Some of the organizations that she worked for include Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue (New York), Irish humanitarian and development organization Concern Worldwide US (New York), The Synergos Institute (New York), Open Society Institute’s Project Syndicate (Prague) and The Forum 2000 Foundation (Prague).
Melissa has a MSc. in European Political Economy: Transition from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from the University of Virginia.