Melissa Mendes Campos



Melissa advances La Piana's research, writing, and communications to fulfill its commitment to share knowledge across the sector. She is a writer and editor for the firm's website and blog, quarterly e-newsletter, social media presence, and many of its case studies, reports, and related materials. She also consults on client engagements, contributing in-depth research, writing, and thought partnership. She is a co-author of "Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector," and is contributing to a 10th Anniversary edition of The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution to be published in fall 2018.

Melissa has a keen ability to draw out, capture, and present information in ways that aid organizational decision making. She has consulted on several projects with foundations to design and deliver initiatives related to fostering grantee collaboration. Past clients include the Blue Shield of California Foundation and the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund.

"I enjoy helping organizations share stories of how they've used partnerships or other strategies to advance their goals. It's important to me that my work helps to inform and inspire organizations pursuing such important missions."

Melissa draws from her nonprofit and foundation background to inform her consulting and communications work. Prior to joining La Piana in 2006, she was grants manager at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, where she also served as a program assistant, and worked at Life Lab Science Program in multiple capacities. Melissa has a BA in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Learn more about Melissa in this La Piana Consulting staff interview.