Melanie F. Emerson
Executive Director

Melanie has more than 25 years of experience in the social justice, human rights, international development, public health, and conservation sectors. She brings extensive experience in international non-profit organizational leadership and administration. She specializes in strategic visioning and change management, intercultural competence, conflict dynamics, and team cohesion.

Melanie served as Country Director for the United States Peace Corps in Belize and then in Georgia (country). She has served in a number of executive leadership roles domestically and abroad, and is a Certified Interim Executive. Melanie has 13 years of experience working and living in seven countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and is (non-native) fluent in Spanish.

She holds a BS with honors in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, an MA in conflict resolution from Antioch University, and is a PhD candidate in organizational leadership through Adler University.


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Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed and was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine.

Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Pete was the bedrock of GRM, serving as Board President for 4 years. In January, Pete stepped away from GRM to work with Global Outreach Doctors on their Ukraine mission and was killed while rendering aid.

This is a stark reminder of the perils rescue and aid workers face in conflict zones as they serve citizens caught in the crossfire. Pete was just 33 years old, but lived a life in service of others, first as a decorated US Marine and then in humanitarian aid. GRM will strive to honor his legacy and the selfless service he practiced.

We fully support Pete’s family, friends, and colleagues during this devastating time.