Melody Porter came to William and Mary in August 2008, and is the the Associate Director of the Office of Community Engagement. She fosters student leadership in two main areas: alternative breaks and local anti-poverty work. She oversees Branch Out Alternative Breaks, including international, national and regional programs (a total of 30 trips each year). She also our supervises our local community engagement and anti-poverty programs.
Melody received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion from Emory University in 1995. After graduating, she served as a long-term volunteer for three years, beginning a job development program in Philadelphia and working with preschool children in Johannesburg, South Africa. She returned to Emory to earn her Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology in 2001. She then was an Associate Minister at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, working in areas of social justice and community development, and directing an after school program that served more than 100 high school students. Melody came to William and Mary from Emory University, where she served for three years as director of Volunteer Emory, a student-led department for community service. She was recognized as Staff Person of the Year by Break Away in the National Alternative Break Awards in 2010.
Melody is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of Break Away and a volunteer for various community organizations.
Through all of her professional and volunteer experiences, Melody has seen how connected and interdependent people and communities are everywhere, and believes in the power of mutual connection to transform lives and bring positive social change. She also loves cheese fries.