Just Do You

Because we always have choices…

  • Georgianna Meléndez

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    I don't have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won't you share yours? Don't wait to be asked to get involved in things that affect your life. Step up and insist. Your voice, your life!
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Founder Profile

Founder of Just Do You, Georgianna Meléndez, is also the Interim Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Boston and the Executive Director of Commonwealth Compact, a workforce diversity initiative in Mass.  Previous leadership roles:  Assistant Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, Executive Director at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest domestic violence services agency, Executive Director at RESPOND in Somerville, a domestic violence agency serving Metro-Boston, board member for Citizens for Adequate Housing in the North Shore; board chair for Harbor COV in Chelsea; and has served on the fundraising committee for North Shore Christian School in Lynn, MA. In 2007, Meléndez was appointed to Governor Patrick’s anti-crime council. She has a Master’s of Science in Public Affairs from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston and a BA in English from Bentley University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Business Administration with a track in Organizational and Social Change at UMass Boston’s College of Management. Melendez is a senior fellow for the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership and has been featured in a leadership anthology, “Voices of the Future” written by ELP alumni. She resides in the North Shore of MA with her husband and two children. She scribbles weekly with creative writing group called Scribblers Ink.

Most recently, she was named a “Drum Major for Justice” by the Town of Danvers Diversity Committee (January 2012). She has also been named one of the 50 Most Influential Puerto Rican Women in Massachusetts by the 2010 Puerto Rican Festival Committee.


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