Melissa Price serves as a Senior Associate Director for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic division of Children's National Health System in Washington, DC. In this role, Melissa manages key international donor and stakeholder communications and media relations. Her primary focus is on the United Arab Emirates, elevating the visibility of and engagement with The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, as well as cultivating new relationships between Children’s National and the UAE.
Melissa has 18 years of communications and public relations experience. Prior to joining Children’s National in April 2013, she was the Press Director for a large, non-profit humanitarian organization specializing in stabilization and economic development in conflict and post-conflict environments. She managed media relations, speech writing, field communications programs, social media activities, and media training for the organization. Her predominate focus was on communications for projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan, and Haiti, among others.
Earlier in her career, Melissa served at the U.S. State Department as a Press Officer, handling media for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She also served at The White House as Assistant Staff Secretary and Deputy Director of Presidential Writers. In addition, her government service included time at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as a Strategic Communications Specialist. She began her communications career at a public relations firm in Tallahassee, FL.
She is a native of New Orleans and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communications from the Florida State University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Strategic Management, from George Washington University.
She enjoys traveling and is always looking for her next passport stamp. She currently lives in Alexandria, VA.
Senior Associate Director
April 2013 to Present
Provide communications leadership for the partnership between Children’s National and the United Arab Emirates. Manage donor outreach and UAE media relations. Produce annual reports and quarterly updates for key donors and stakeholders.
Assistant Staff Secretary
Deputy Director of Presidential Writers
January 2003 to April 2007
Acted as the final editor and project manager for Presidential written communications and photos. Improved processes for approvals and document tracking. Managed the first revision in five years of the White House Style Guide
Assistant Director of Art and Technology
July 1999 to March 2001
Designed and built client websites and developed online special events. Managed the corporate network and UNIX web server. Supported clients with communications strategy and media outreach.
September 2009 to April 2013
Directed communications programs to support business development, fundraising, and internal communications. Managed media relations and media training, and created IRD's social media presence. Wrote speeches and op-ed articles. Advised on field communications strategies, and assisted with the set up of new field communications offices.
Strategic Communications Specialist
March 2005 to October 2005
Developed communications plans and messaging for special events and initiatives. Organized communications among NASA’s 10 U.S. centers. Created a daily email briefing for NASA senior staff, which served as a quick-reference guide and included key messages, Capitol Hill and industry actions, internal and external events, and top news stories.
April 2007 to January 2009
Managed media relations within the U.S. Agency for International Development. Served as a USAID spokesperson, facilitating press conferences and interviews and writing media materials.
Special Projects Coordinator
April 2001 to December 2002
Manager and editor of the RNC’s quarterly magazine and the annual Chairman’s Report. Prior to that role, researched and wrote briefing papers for senior staff on key legislative issues, including campaign finance and election reform. Implemented a document management strategy, including the transfer of official documents to electronic form.
Master of Business Administration
Strategic Management and Public Policy
Marketing | Dubai, UAE
Corporate Social Responsibility | London, England
Master of Arts
Interactive and New Communication Technology
Bachelor of Arts
Minors in Political Science and French
French Language and Art | Cite Universitaire, Paris, France