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Program Director

Melissa McGinnis is the Director of MPP Admissions at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She most recently worked as Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Jackson School of Global Affairs, assisting in their transition from Institute to School. Prior to Yale, she worked at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton for over two decades. Before Princeton, she worked supporting students and the Electrical Engineering department chairman at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa holds a B.A. in English from The King’s College and an M.Ed. in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University. She studied abroad in Spain and has volunteered mentoring young adults and youth in South Africa and New Haven. She travels widely for work and for pleasure.