Melissa Ballard

Melissa Ballard is the STEM Manager at the Afterschool Alliance, a bipartisan advocacy organization working to ensure that all kids have access to affordable, high-quality afterschool programs. At the Alliance, she identifies and supports the needs of the afterschool field to offer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming through research, partnership building, advocacy, and communications.

Melissa also leads the Afterschool STEM Hub, a collaboration of stakeholders who seek to ensure that afterschool and summer learning programs are considered a key component in the STEM learning ecosystem, and produce coordinated messaging and advocacy tools.

Before coming to the Afterschool Alliance, Melissa worked at a children's science center, developing a variety of STEM programs, training educators, and teaching students. She has a background in industrial and operations engineering and liberal studies, earning a B.S.E. and a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.