Melina Martin joined Turnaround for Children in 2018 as Development Associate. In this role, she works closely with Turnaround’s development team on donor acknowledgement, meeting prep and relationship management; she also provides support for public funders and major donors. Beyond day-to-day operations, Melina is involved in strengthening Turnaround’s development systems and data hygiene practices.
Prior to joining Turnaround, Melina worked as the Communications and Engagement Coordinator for Older Adults Technology Services and as Chief of Staff for the Council of Urban Professionals. In 2015, Melina served with AmeriCorps in an effort to reduce food insecurity and empower at-risk youth.
Melina received a Bachelor’s in biology and English literature from Binghamton University. In her free time, she can be found tending to her local community garden or volunteering with 826NYC.
What book has influenced you most?
Annie Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” reminds me that it’s possible to see beauty in even the most challenging situations and that everyone has a place where their “bell” rings true.
What motivates you?
Change. The world isn’t static; I believe that by working to improve my community and the lives of children across the country, I can help to create a better future for everyone.