Melissa Peerless is Director of Foundation Relations at the University of Miami (UM). She previously served as the Writer/Editor for the UM College of Arts & Sciences. Before joining UM in January 2014, she was associate executive director of Casa Valentina, a non-profit organization providing housing and support services to youth who have aged out of foster care, where she wrote grants, managed communications and coordinated volunteer outreach. Melissa has worked at the University of Pennsylvania (federal relations) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France. She earned an M.A. in Education Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.