Georgianna Melendez is executive director of Commonwealth Compact at University of Massachusetts Boston, a project committed to making Boston more diverse and inclusive. She has served as the assistant commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance; the executive director at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest domestic violence services agency; the executive director at RESPOND in Somerville, a domestic violence agency serving Metro-Boston; a board member for Citizens for Adequate Housing on the North Shore; the board chair for Harbor COV (Communities Against Violence) in Chelsea. She also has the role of senior fellow for the Emerging Leaders Program at the UMass Boston’s Center for Collaborate Leadership. She currently serves on the Finance Committee for Girls, Inc. in Lynn MA and has recently been appointed to the WBUR Community Advisory Board. In 2012, Melendez completed a master’s degree in public affairs at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies where she also was recognized for Distinguished Public Service.