Melissa Martin

Chief of Staff

Melissa believes in the power and relationships that teachers build to empower students to be their absolute best. Upon graduation from Denison University (B.A.) and Carnegie Mellon University (M.S.), Melissa taught high school science for four years.

Melissa’s love for sustainable teaching led her to The University of Chicago, where she recruited and prepared teachers for jobs in the Chicago Public Schools. Through this position, she focused on helping pre-service teachers realize the power of using technology in their classrooms. After leaving The University of Chicago, Melissa spent three years building and leading partnerships for OneGoal, a non-profit that teaches public high school educators how to lead students to and through their college journey. Melissa helped grow partnerships with school leaders and teachers to reach over 70 Chicago Public School high schools.  

What would your last meal be? Spaghetti and Meatballs with Red Pepper Flakes.  

What is your current background on your computer/phone? My kiddo, Isaiah Alexander, in a grocery store cart with my oversized sunglasses on.

What is your favorite quote? “Today is about building a new inclusive movement that is about mobilizing people of all backgrounds to stand up for change. And with that, I have just two more words…” — 44th U.S. President Barack Obama