Melissa Carrera

Alumni & Donor Relations Director

Melissa Carrera

Melissa arrived in donor relations almost a decade ago with a variety of experience in hospitality, sport, database management, catering and events, travel, and conference planning. All of which provided her a solid base for providing excellent donor stewardship, engagement, and advancement services. Melissa’s career has been focused on building - building programs, processes, teams, events, you name it, she’s built it. Often called the “heart” of the team, Melissa brings her thoughtfulness and high emotional intelligence to the team she leads and the ones she serves. Melissa was drawn to donor and alumni relations because it perfectly blended her interests in the art of hospitality and the science of evaluating programs, creating processes, and innovation. On a quest for constant improvement and seeking efficiency wherever possible, Melissa works to enhance every donor and alum experience. She believes that “stewardship is all around us” and should be an integrated piece of everything we do. Melissa values diversity, collaboration, resiliency, humor, and innovation in work and her personal life. Melissa grew up in and around the Denver metro area and has lived all over the state, currently living outside of downtown Denver. She earned her BS in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University and an MA in Education from the University of Phoenix. She enjoys yoga, mountain biking, reading, hiking, raptor watching, comedy shows, and live music. Strengthsfinder Top 5: Input, Relator, Learner, Achiever, Responsibility