Melissa Milios Davis

Melissa Milios Davis

Vice President – Strategic Communications & Informed Communities

mdavis@gatesfamilyfoundation.org  |  (303) 316-3016

Melissa joined the Gates Family Foundation in May 2017. Her primary role is to bring greater visibility to the work of the Foundation’s grantees and partners, to facilitate knowledge sharing, and to amplify the quality of life issues and ideas of greatest concern to the Foundation and Coloradans. In early 2019, she also took on a new role as program officer for Informed Communities and Local News. Melissa brings two decades of collective experience in communications, journalism, public relations, event planning and fundraising. Most recently she served as Director of Institutional Giving for BakerRipley, Texas’ largest community development agency, where she helped agency leaders close a $20 million capital campaign to build a new, 7-acre multi-service community center in a chronically under-served Houston neighborhood. Prior to that, she spent seven years as a director of communications, marketing, public policy and fundraising for Houston A+ Challenge, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen, innovate and connect the Greater Houston region’s public schools. Melissa spent most of 2006 as communications director for the school board president of Los Angeles Unified School District (during the tenure of then-superintendent Roy Romer), following a two-year stint as an award-winning education reporter for the Daily Breeze newspaper in Los Angeles. She has worked as a production intern for the Voice of America in London, both L.A.-area NPR stations (KCRW and KPCC), and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and also as a full-time, online news content producer for the Austin American-Statesman and a sister site in San Antonio. Melissa holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Colorado Media Project and on the leadership team for ComNetworkDENVER.



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