Melinda Fine, Ed.D.Director of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships
Education: Ed.D., Harvard University; Ed.M., Harvard University; B.A., Dartmouth College
TCC Group’s Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships Melinda Fine, Ed.D., brings over 30 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership as a grantmaker and strategy consultant to her work with mission-driven institutions.
At TCC, Melinda leads efforts for private, family, community, and public foundations, funder collaborations, and affinity groups, spanning institutional strategic planning and portfolio strategy development; field landscape research; strategic learning and capacity building; foundation and grants management; and grantmaking. Recent, illustrative engagements include: vision and strategy support for the Open Society Institute’s Global Drug Policy Program; facilitation of strategic planning efforts for the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation; strategic learning and partnership collaboration services for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Resilience Partnership; and oversight of foundation management services for seven family foundations housed at TCC. A generalist accustomed to working across and issue areas, Melinda brings specialized academic and professional expertise in education, youth, gender justice, and community building.
Prior to joining TCC, Melinda served as the Vice President of NEO Philanthropy, a 501c3 public charity that leads collaborative grantmaking initiatives supporting cross-issue, social change movements. As Vice President, Melinda was responsible for developing new strategic partnerships with funder networks and stakeholders, and played a leadership role in launching grantmaking initiatives that support girls' and women's rights and that seek to end gender based violence.
Melinda previously directed NEO's education portfolio as well as its Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) Fund, a national funders' collaborative committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income students of color through supporting community-led solutions for change. Through an integrated grantmaking strategy that included direct grants, capacity building, peer learning and alliance-building, CPER-supported 140 grassroots and advocacy groups who strengthened civic capacity while helping to achieve 90 systemic policy reforms.
Before joining NEO Philanthropy, Melinda founded and led her own consulting firm that provided strategic planning, program development, organizational learning, and research and evaluation services. Focused in the fields of education, youth leadership, and civic participation, Melinda's former clients included private foundations, national nonprofits, and government agencies.
Melinda has presented on philanthropic strategy at conferences sponsored by Grantmakers for Education, the Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, to name a few. She serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations committed to social change, equity and inclusion, including Facing History and Ourselves, Know Your IX, and the Humanity in Action. She is a former district-wide elected member of the Community Education Council for New York City's District 2; Senior Fellow at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service Research Center for Leadership and Action; and Fellow of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Melinda's numerous publications include a book, scholarly articles, white papers, landscape analyses, research reports, and layperson briefs. She holds a doctorate and master's in education from Harvard University, where her research focused on education for social responsibility, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, where her studies focused on feminist theory and social change.
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