Melissa Lin specializes in project management, product development, conference and event administration, proposal coordination, facilitation of team collaboration, and development of administrative systems. To all of her work, she brings a deep commitment to community engagement and fostering the sharing of information and ideas.
Lin advances the mission of EDC school leadership projects that share a common focus on improving the quality of principal preparation programs to respond to the demands of today's schools and enhance learning outcomes for all students. She supports the work of the Quality Measures™ Center for Program Assessment and Technical Assistance, led by Cheryl King and funded by The Wallace Foundation.
In the National Training Provider/Graduate Principal Professional Learning Community, she is facilitating an effort to improve the quality of districts’ principal preparation and training by engaging program providers and principals in a professional learning community. In the Quality Measures (QM) Principal Pipeline Technical Assistance initiative, Lin was part of a team that is supporting the scale-up of six urban school districts’ promising leader development initiatives by guiding program improvement efforts using the QM self-assessment process.
Lin contributes her written and visual communication skills to numerous online and print products. She edited the QM tools and resources (including the QM Principal Preparation Program Self-Assessment Toolkit); developed the Exemplar Catalogue on the Quality Measures website; and managed the publication process for the Wallace-funded report, Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches from Eight Urban Districts.
Prior to joining EDC, Lin worked in development and fundraising for a breast cancer organization affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center and for the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, which supports non-profit theatre companies in New York City through funding, training, networking, and space rentals. Earlier in her career, she interned with the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program, where she worked closely with the Program Director over two summers to implement a five-week arts apprenticeship program for high school students and served as a liaison between program leaders, youth participants, studio and professional development instructors, and community members.
Lin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking.