Director of Meetings and Conferences
Melva has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.
Melva is the organization’s logistical expert responsible for the management of our regional convenings, board meetings, and virtual events.
In the nonprofit, entertainment, corporate, and association sectors, Melva has directly managed conventions, festivals, galas, and special events, some with up to 60,000 attendees. Melva comes to Ed Trust from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, where she was the meetings and events manager, and she was the first full-time strategic events manager for College Summit, Inc. In these positions, Melva’s work included writing event operations publications, supervising concurrent events across 13 affiliate offices, training junior events professionals, and managing a multifarious centennial celebration. She was responsible for a budget in excess of $4 million.
Proud of her small-town Connecticut roots, Melva holds degrees with distinction from Howard and Columbia Universities, respectively, and is currently pursuing a meetings certification with American Society of Association Executives (ASAE.)
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
My voice-to-height ratio. Give me a call and you will know what I mean.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I know firsthand what it feels like to be invisible in the classroom — tokenized — and to have the benefit of powerful, dynamic, and caring parent advocates. My mom and dad always told me that anything was possible for me regardless of my race, ability, gender, or anything that made me different. If I wanted to be a dancer, astronaut, lawyer, or a teacher — no problem. I was always encouraged to go after my dreams. In my parents’ eyes, and therefore in my eyes, I could be anything. I can’t imagine a world where other kids don’t know that they have unlimited potential, because they absolutely do.
The fact that the Ed Trust mission is designed to benefit all kids regardless of their background is worth being passionate about. Ed Trust advocates for kids who are like I was.