She leads all communications and marketing efforts for Leidos Inc., a global FORTUNE 500 ® company with more than 34,000 employees. Leidos works to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient through the innovative use of information technology, engineering and science. In her role, Melissa is responsible for Employee, Digital and Crisis Communications; Media Relations; Branding & Advertising; Creative Services; Corporate Responsibility; Marketing; and Tradeshow, Meeting and Event planning. She joined Ledios (then SAIC) in 2006. Melissa acts as the primary spokesperson and crisis response communicator for the company.
She manages a diverse and talented staff of professional communicators, artists, community relations experts, event planners and marketers who work to drive business value for the enterprise. Melissa oversees all of the company’s advertising campaigns and marketing sponsorships, including the company’s MLS D.C. United presenting sponsorship, as well as relationships with the Washington Wizards and Mystics NBA/WNBA teams, Roush Fenway Racing and Cal Ripken’s IronBirds Stadium, among others. Melissa also acts as a company representative in the community, maintains relationships with key charitable organizations and oversees the deployment of the company’s $4M annual philanthropic giving program.
Melissa previously served as the VP and Director of Media Relations for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Prior to that, she was a speech and ghostwriter for senior government officials at the Pentagon. She served as U.S. Air Force Public Affairs for 10 years, where she led teams focused on Photojournalism, Media and Community Relations, and Crisis Response. Melissa deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Melissa holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Maryland, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. She also holds degrees in Public Affairs and Aircraft Armament Technology.
She is on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, where she works to empower the underserved. She also serves on the board of Washington West Film Festival, the DC affiliate of Sundance Film Festival, which donates all proceeds to charity. Melissa is a member of the Leadership Circle of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, where she works as an advocate for the memorial and helps address challenges facing military women, past and present.