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Melinda Sánchez Donio. Program Manager at Council of Urban Professionals

Melinda Sánchez Donio, a Camden, NJ native and former White House Appointee, has been actively involved in community development and ministry in the Greater Philadelphia Region for over 20 years.  
 
Melinda was recently named co-Executive Director of the 1st Responders Children’s Foundation, working to enhance visibility and increase the support that the organization is able to provide to the children and families of fallen and injured 1st responders across the country. Additionally, she is the Program Manager for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Leadership Institute. As Program Manager, Melinda is responsible for the daily operations of CUP’s Leadership Institute, including the curation of program curriculum, coordinating and executing professional development programming, trainings and leadership opportunities as well as oversee CUP’s Seat of Influence board matching program. 
 
Prior to joining CUP, Melinda was appointed by the White House in 2015 to serve as Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator (RA) for the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Mid-Atlantic Region.  GSA serves as the business arm of the federal government.  As Special Assistant, Melinda worked closely with the RA, who acts as the executive for the region overseeing over 1,000 employees, manages and maintains approximately 800 owned and leased commercial buildings, representing 35 million square feet of real estate and procures over $4.3 Billion annually in goods, services, and information technology for federal agencies within the six Mid-Atlantic states as well as Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.  Prior to joining GSA Mrs. Donio served as a National Programs Director and Training Coordinator for Esperanza, Inc., one of the largest Hispanic Faith-Based Evangelical networks in the United States, based in Philadelphia, PA.  
 
Her strong faith, love of the creative and performing arts as well as community, has led her to work with several organizations and churches that foster leadership development through the creative arts among youth and young adults.  Melinda is proud to have helped establish a faith-based international summer program in Liberia to combat prostitution among girls and young ladies and to use her skillset while traveling locally and internationally presenting workshops and vignettes on a myriad of topics including, creative expression, empowerment and faith.   
 
As a strong proponent for her hometown of Camden, New Jersey, Mrs. Donio has served on several boards.  In recent years she served as a Commissioner for the Camden Redevelopment Agency, on the Board of Trustees for LEAP Academy Charter School, the Board of Directors for the Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation  and on the Salvation Army Kroc Center – South Jersey Advisory Board.  
 
Melinda is an alumna from the University of Pennsylvania earning a BA in Urban & Environmental Studies in 2002 and a Masters in City Planning in 2003.  She and her husband David recently moved to New Providence, New Jersey and is happy to call the Greater New York City Area home.
 

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