Melanie Burke Reiser
Director of Mission Advancement
B.A. Elizabethtown College
M.P.A. University of Pennsylvania
Melanie applies her 18 years of experience working with public charter schools to her work increasing awareness and excitement about Freire Schools’ mission, programming, staff, and kids. Melanie develops robust communications and public affairs strategies and leads all aspects of fund development, including annual appeals, major and planned giving, and capital efforts. Melanie has extensive experience in public charter school operations and compliance, project management, new school development, charter school renewal, grant writing, and public advocacy. Melanie believes that “school choice” is not a new concept, but a privilege historically enjoyed exclusively by those with means. She believes in and fights for charter schools because they extend that right to families from traditionally underserved communities.