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Chief Program Officer

Danielle Melfi comes to AmeriCorps from Building Back Together, a leading nonprofit organization charged with supporting President Biden’s legislative agenda. As the founding executive director, Melfi built an unprecedented advocacy coalition that championed historic legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. During her tenure, Melfi raised more than $50 million to build these successful advocacy campaigns.

Prior to Building Back Together, Melfi served as the Wisconsin state director for President Biden’s 2020 campaign and as the assistant secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. At the department, she oversaw the agency’s COVID-19 response efforts, its $1.3 billion budget, as well as the policy and external affairs teams. During COVID, Melfi led Wisconsin’s Child Care for Essential Workers Taskforce which provided childcare to essential workers and sought to stabilize the childcare industry. This taskforce used federal funds to create a $51 million grants program, which allowed more than 20,000 childcare workers to receive pay and enabled 80,000 children to continue their care during the pandemic. Melfi graduated from Loyola University Maryland and started her career at Deloitte Consulting, where she helped launch Deloitte’s anti-human trafficking practice.