Melody Brown has more 25 years of experience in the fields of human resources, customer care and corporate social responsibility for Verizon Communications, a Fortune 50 telecommunications company. During that time, Brown worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions, managed multi-million dollar programmatic budgets, and spearheaded award-winning corporate responsibility initiatives. She currently runs her own consulting firm, providing strategic analysis and programmatic execution for the Soledad O’Brian & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation. Brown is invested in her community, currently serving on the board of the YWCA of Union County, NJ, formerly on the board of trustees for the Morris County Urban League, and the advisory board of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in organizational leadership. She is married to Dr. Charles Brown, and has three children and one grandchild.