Melanie Anderson is the Director of Government Affairs at Opportunity Nation. She leads Opportunity Nation’s bipartisan federal policy efforts that advance the goals of the organization’s Shared Plan.
Melanie sets the legislative priorities of the Opportunity Nation campaign, working with Opportunity Nation’s diverse coalition of over 300 organization to find common ground on lasting policy change that strengthens education and career pathways for young adults.
Prior to joining Opportunity Nation in 2013, Melanie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. She also held senior-level government affairs positions with the American Library Association and Educational Testing Service where she developed strategy on a wide variety of federal and state education issues and consequently established an appreciation for advocacy and grassroots supporters.
Anderson will be speaking on “New Options and Opportunities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” and “Collective Action: From the Grassroots to the Capitol.”