Director of External Affairs, Internships and Lecturer
Melissa received her B.A. in History from Indiana University, a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law. After practicing law for seven years, Melissa obtained a B.A. with honors in Fashion Marketing and Management from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. In 2005, she was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley to the position of Director of Fashion Arts and Events for the City of Chicago. In that role, Melissa was the Executive Producer for the city's fashion week, Fashion Focus Chicago; led the Mayor's Fashion Council; developed a virtual industry hub connecting the industry and consumers, then the city’s ofﬁcial fashion website; developed and launched the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street, and produced year round programming to help build the city's fashion industry supporting local designers and retailers. Melissa teaches in the areas of fashion business, event production and professional development. As the department’s Director of Internships and External Affairs, Melissa assists students in preparing for internships and full-time employment. She also serves as a department liaison for events and media within the College and with community partners. Melissa continues to be involved with the city’s fashion industry through service on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street, the Board of Directors of the Driehaus Design Initiative, and is on the Executive Committee of the Chicago History Museum’s Costume Council.