Melanie Shumate serves as the Program Manager for the Leadership Center where she oversees the operations and communications for the Center’s portfolio of programs. Melanie is dedicated to helping students develop problem-led leadership skills that will enable them to make meaningful contributions to organizations and communities around the world.

Before joining the Leadership Center, Melanie was the Program Manager, Team Engagement at the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, where she worked with global stakeholders to develop innovation-driven entrepreneurial activity in their home regions. She was previously an Assistant for Branding and Dean’s Initiatives in the MIT Sloan Office of the Dean and has held a variety of non-profit communications roles.

Melanie received her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Middle Eastern Affairs from Furman University.