Melissa Franqui

Director of Strategic Communications & Public Engagement

mfranqui@raceforward.org
Melissa Franqui serves as the Director of Strategic Communications & Public Engagement. She supervises the Communications team, and together, they work to elevate the conversation on racial injustice in America and drive political and public resolve toward systemic solutions. 
 
Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the development of communications strategy for non-profits. Most recently, Melissa was the Manager of Communications and Marketing for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national organization working to end the war on drugs. She managed campaigns with storytelling components, as well as the development and promotion of publications, materials, and merchandise. She previously worked as a consultant for Housing + Solutions, a non-profit serving homeless women in Brooklyn.
 
She was also the Director of Communications for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community organization dedicated to the empowerment of Harlem residents through displacement prevention, affordable housing, education, and social services. She worked to produce walk-a-thons in Central Park for a breast cancer awareness organization, and began her career at Fordham University’s Development Office. 
 
Melissa is a life-long Jersey City resident, proud daughter of Puerto Rican parents, mother of an extraordinary child, and is a passionate advocate for racial justice. Melissa graduated from Wellesley College and is a 2017 Opportunity Agenda Communications Fellow.