Melissa Cronin

Head of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

Based in USA

As Head of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Melissa leads a combined team across Programmes, Development and Communications for Girl Effect.


Before joining Girl Effect, Melissa had multiple roles with Habitat for Humanity International in the Asia Pacific region. While she was Chief of Staff at 92Y, they launched the global movement #GivingTuesday and were named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Nonprofits. Melissa taught the course Creating and Sustaining Social Enterprises as an adjunct professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work where she received her MSW. As founder of Hustle for Good, Melissa coached executives and influencers on their thought leadership strategies, including international and New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs of startups and executives of high-profile domestic and international NGOs.