Melissa Durda is Acting Senior Director, Philanthropy at Synergos, a global nonprofit organization that brings people together to solve complex problems of poverty and create opportunities for individuals and their communities to thrive. Melissa oversees our Philanthropy and Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) programs. She also serves as a Board Trustee on the Bakala Foundation and Anglo-American University.
Prior to this Melissa created and managed a Philanthropy Program at Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation. In this role she worked with private philanthropists promoting human rights, civil society, and democracy. Melissa’s nonprofit project management experience is in a variety of fields (education, children, nutrition, advocacy, emergency response, water, media) on projects in the Czech Republic, Africa, Asia, and the United States.
Melissa has a MSc. in European Political Economy: Transition from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from the University of Virginia.