Melissa Kelley

Degree and Year: 
BA 1986
Professional Title: 
Executive Director
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation

Professional Background: 
For the past five years, I've served as a the executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, where I raise money for projects in our county parks. Prior to that, I was a marketing and public relations professional. In addition to my English degree from Duke, I earned an MBA with a specialization in nonprofit management. I am fortunate to have the perfect job for me!

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
Every step of my professional life, I've needed strong communication skills. Studying English at Duke taught me to express myself well and to think critically.