As part of the Standing in Our Power (SiOP) Deep Listening Phase, members of our Core Committee are sharing reflections about how they came to stand in their own power and their hopes for this new network. Check out our first Video Blog.
This video features Melissa Johnson, SiOP Core Committee Member. Melissa recently accepted a new position as Senior Director of Foundations Relations at the NAACP. Melissa has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and the development field.Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), a membership association dedicated to strengthening the capacity of organized philanthropy to support community-based efforts advocating for policies and practices that advance social and economic justice. Prior to NFG, Melissa served as the national field director for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.Melissa’s career in philanthropy began in her work with community foundations in her native state of North Carolina where she served as a program officer and other key roles in rural and urban grant making, funding collaboratives, and major community initiatives. Melissa was a program officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and graduate fellow at Foundation for the Carolinas. Additionally, her prior work at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits grounded her commitment to build nonprofit capacity and strengthen the sector as a whole.
She holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration on community practice and community development.