Chief Experience Officer
A seasoned business professional with more than 20 years of broad experience in both corporate and agency settings, Melissa has served a variety of technology-based businesses of all sizes and has a special passion for supporting high-growth startups on brand formation and scaling into new markets.
Over the past 10 years, Melissa has been an active force in helping to build Chicago’s robust entrepreneurial community. Melissa was a member of the founding team of 1871, Chicago’s innovation hub recognized by UBI Global as the #1 university-affiliated incubator in the world and served as its chief marketing officer for more than two years. Following 1871, Melissa helped found Chicago’s healthcare incubator and innovation center MATTER, where she was responsible for defining and building the MATTER brand and managing all areas of the company’s marketing, communications and events. Melissa continues to support MATTER strategic initiatives and special projects.
In 2016, Melissa helped stand up mHUB, which supports physical product innovation in an effort to ensure the region’s continued economic growth and leadership in manufacturing. In just 18 months, mHUB has amassed over 200 member companies who have collectively raised over $100M in funding. Melissa serves as mHUB’s Chief Experience Officer where she is focused on leading teams to design solutions that drive engagement, collaboration and success for mHUB corporate partners and startups.
Prior to her years focused on driving civic entrepreneurship, Melissa served as the SVP of marketing for Q Interactive (formerly CoolSavings) where she oversaw all marketing, communications and creative functions and served on the company’s senior leadership team. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with her husband and two children in Glencoe, Illinois.