Melissa Langness

Director of Advancement and Strategic Growth, San Francisco Bay Area

Melissa is the Director of Advancement and Strategic Growth for uAspire’s San Francisco Bay Area site. In this role, she is responsible for leading all Bay Area fundraising initiatives and delivering on the site’s revenue goals to ensure that uAspire has the resources required to achieve its ambitious goals on behalf of local students. Prior to joining uAspire, Melissa held several senior positions at the YMCA over the last 10 years. At the Y, she worked to create positive outcomes for youth and to build healthy and vibrant communities in San Francisco as well as in the cities of Oakland, Hayward, Richmond, and Fremont. Melissa brings a unique and rich perspective to fundraising given her roots in youth development programming and her direct service experience in high-need communities.

Melissa earned her BA in urban studies at Fordham University in New York.

Why uAspire?

Throughout my experience serving youth, I got to know countless young people for whom higher education felt completely foreign and out of reach. It is heartbreaking to know that so many bright and talented young people are unable to envision a better future for themselves due to financial barriers. I chose uAspire because I believe that education can have a profound impact on a life. No one should be denied access to the opportunities that higher education affords because of their income level.