Executive Speaker: Georgianna Melendez

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Georgianna Melendez serves as the Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator for the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also the Executive Director for Commonwealth Compact, an initiative to establish Massachusetts as a leader in diversity and inclusion in the workforce.


In addition to her roles at UMass Boston, Melendez’s other public service roles include being a board member for the Association of Public Land Trust Universities’ Commission on Access Diversity and Excellence. She is also a current board member and secretary for the City of Peabody Zoning Board of Appeals. She was previously appointed to Governor Patrick’s Anti-Crime Council and has served on a number of nonprofit boards. She has also served as an assistant commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, the executive director of Casa Myrna Vazquez—New England’s largest domestic violence agency, and the executive director of RESPOND, Inc. in Somerville—a domestic violence agency serving Metro-Boston.


Melendez is a doctoral candidate at UMass Boston’s College of Management Business Administration program with a focus on Organizations and Social Change. She also has a Masters degree in Public Affairs from UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, where she was also recognized for distinguished public service. Melendez earned her Bachelor’s at Bentley University.