I Believe in the Value of

philanthropy as justice

Philanthropy has the potential to restore balance by serving as a tool for achieving economic, environmental, racial, and social justice.

Melissa Peña

Philanthropy Manager | she/her

Melissa drives Possibility Labs’ fundraising processes, including philanthropic partnership creation and stewardship. Her focus is on overseeing the pipeline of funding opportunities, establishing moves management processes, and tracking goals for engaging individual and institutional partners. Melissa brings to the team a background in major gifts, fundraising strategy, and grant management from nine years of experience at nonprofit institutions ranging in size and scope. Previously, Melissa served as Development Director for La Leche League International and as Director of Development for the University of Florida. Melissa holds a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida.

"For generations, philanthropy has unintentionally caused harm by upholding privilege for a relative few. By investing assets to be completely mission-aligned and putting decision-making in the hands of BIPOC community leaders with the best solutions for healing and progress, we can create a system that will continually benefit future generations. I am honored to work towards a fair economy in collaboration with the dynamic Possibility Labs team, donors, and partners."