Melanie Kimes

After attending UC Berkeley with a double major in African American Studies and Sociology, Melanie nurtured a passion for teaching young scholars the cultural history that many public schools choose not to teach. Months after graduation Melanie was blessed to find employment at an organization that works to transform the lives of her the community where she was born and raised. After three years at Community Coalition, Melanie now directs a summer reading enrichment program that works with South LA youth to instill in them the love of reading and culturally relevant material.

Fun Fact: Melanie is a devoted fan of dancing, karaoke, musicals and R&B/Soul music made before 1988.