Executive Director, ONEHOPE Foundation / Director of Social Impact, ONEHOPE
As the Executive Director of the ONEHOPE Foundation and Director of Social Impact for ONEHOPE, Melissa Lake leads one of the world’s first social impact organizations. In her current role, she is responsible for the foundation’s brand, social responsibility, and external nonprofit partnerships. Her vision for the foundation is to partner with the most effective nonprofits, measure dollar-to-impact ratios and provide donors with transparent reports about the social impact that are making.
Prior to joining the ONEHOPE Foundation, Melissa’s experience has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, Melissa visited Bagamoyo, Tanzania where she taught English to 40 kindergarten students. Inspired by this trip, Melissa knew that her true passion in life lies in helping people and contributing to the greater good. This passion led her to graduate with a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from New York University. In addition, Melissa spent three years at Google, where she was the assistant to the President of the Americas Operations and the first associate at Google Ventures. She is an advocate for women’s empowerment and believes we can solve some of the world’s greatest problems by educating, investing in, and supporting women and girls.