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Melanie Beth Oliviero

Educator and Social Change Strategist

She derived her skills in facilitation, communication and teaching through leadership positions in advocacy organizations such as the Panos Institute working with journalists worldwide and the Indian Rights Association, an indigenous rights organization. Through positions in philanthropy she steered new grantmaking portfolios such as on economic globalization and human rights at MacArthur Foundation and the transformation of the mission of the International Human Rights Funders Group. As Director of the Comparative Constitutionalism Project of the American Council of Learned Societies she assembled multinational scholars and practitioners from many fields to address the needs of countries in transition worldwide.

Melanie’s expertise is in the areas of social justice and human rights where journalists are a grassroots constituency in empowering citizens to hold State and Non-State actors accountable. She works directly at the intersection of business, community and government, most recently as a strategic advisor with Development Alternatives, Inc., an employee-owned international development consultancy.

Melanie has served on the faculty of the New School for Social Research in NYC since 1995 teaching online courses to adult learners globally on civil society, the press, and new media. In addition she teaches as visiting faculty to schools of business (University of Manitoba), law (Chicago-Kent), and continuing education (University of Winnipeg).

Her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in sociolinguistics and linguistics are from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.