Always community minded, Melanie started her career in the disability and mental health sector, coordinating programs and working with local Government to promote the inclusion of all people in society.
Traveling to South East Asia in her late teens set off her passion for social justice; joining the Red Cross Emergency Services, working in disaster recovery centres and conducting outreach. Not long after she found herself overseas, volunteering for a local NGO in Cambodia, conducting outreach and managing sponsorship's; later working as a Program Manager to support the financial empowerment of communities across the Asia Pacific.Not wanting to follow the crowd, Melanie commenced her degree in International Aid and Development as a mature aged student, and is currently in her final year. Her first experience with EWB was as a mentor in the Design Summit program and she is eagerly awaiting starting off 2018 with the International Programs team.
Melanie loves the unusual and the new, and can be found listening to live music, learning something new or exploring the beaches and hiking trails in Melbourne!