Melissa Graham

Program Manager, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Melissa implements the VV GROW Fellowship on the Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship team, supporting growing both the business and leadership impact of women business owners. For this she focuses on communications, recruitment and selection, partnerships, logistics and providing one on one support to the women we work with.

Name three inspiring women you’ve met in your own life
My grandmother, Samar Minallah Khan, Dalia Saafan


What is your favorite place in D.C.?
Meridian Hill Park


What makes a great leader?
Passion for what they do, respect for those they work with, integrity in their actions and a willingness to be either flexible or stedfast as needed


You’re hosting a small dinner and have seats for three famous people, who are they?
Madeleine Albright, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Joe Biden


What inspired you to work at Vital Voices, and what do you love about your job here?
I was inspired to work at Vital Voices because I’ve always been drawn to programs and projects that are sustained, long term and relentless in achieving the change they are working toward. I believe in the power of women to make massive positive change in their communities and in working on the VV GROW Fellowship I see that happening every day.