Melinda Davenport is an Emmy award-winning executive working on Facebook's Communications leadership team. She is a former news anchor for WISN 12 News, the ABC station in Milwaukee, honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for Best Personality - Social & Digital Media.
She obtained a Master's Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from The University of Houston.
Melinda also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Marquette University and the Community College System of New Hampshire and is a member of the National Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE
San Francisco, CA
40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Milwaukee Business Journal
Emmy Award-Winner, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Best Digital Personality, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
Head of Marketing & Communications
Key member of leadership team charged with strengthening brand and reputation while managing marketing and communications strategy. Participates in the strategic planning process through development of company-wide goals with a focus on how communications can improve company’s competitive position.
HEARST TELEVISION, INC.
Launched successful new midday broadcast at WISN 12. Coach and mentor journalists and producers, serve as Executive Producer for show's content. Participate in numerous community and local outreach events to engage community.
Journalist responsible for delivering breaking news to Vermont, New Hampshire, Montreal as CBS affiliate for the region. Provided strategic and tactical guidance for all social media channels.
Senior External Communications Specialist
KELLOGG, BROWN & ROOT
Managed proactive strategic media relations plan throughout global organization, while implementing annual communications campaign. Manage press release and monthly media analysis output.
Worked with client leadership to identify vision, set priorities and manage communication needs for Fortune 500 companies. Ensured campaigns remained focused and effective.
THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
Produced original news stories published on the About.com Houston website regarding educational, relevant topics of interest to Houstonians and others interested in learning about the city.
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, BOSTON
Master of Science, Corporate and Organizational Communication
THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Corporate Entrepreneurship & Global Business
TEAM BUILDING & TRAINING
Accomplished, trusted communications professional with deep experience creating effective programs that resonate with target audiences.
Performance driven, multilingual team builder who consistently takes on challenging projects and drives significant ROI. Strategic thinker who has eye on the big picture, but also focused on tactical execution.
College instructor with experience teaching Organizational Communication, Small Group Communication, Media Ethics, Advanced Journalism, Media Writing, Intro to Film, Critical Thinking, Intro to Public Speaking and Intercultural Communication.