Melanie is an alumna of the Smithsonian-Mason MA in the History of Decorative Arts. Prior to joining the HDA MA team, she was a cataloger of fine and decorative arts at a local auction house. During her tenure as a student in the program, Melanie worked both as an office assistant and as the student librarian.
Professional experience working as an intern complemented her graduate studies. Melanie was a furniture conservation intern at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute and a curatorial intern at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens. Prior to enrollment, she had significant administrative experience in a variety of corporate environments and earned an undergraduate degree in English from George Mason University.