Melissa Fisher is the immediate past Executive Director of the Collins Center, a non-profit organization in Harrisonburg, Virginia providing trauma-informed therapy and crisis intervention to survivors of sexual violence. A Swahili speaker, she co-facilitates a weekly support group for recently arrived Congolese refugee women. She is a passionate advocate for refugees resettling in Harrisonburg, and for the Welcoming movement—the nationwide initiative of Welcoming America, which seeks to make communities more inclusive for newcomers from around the world. Prior to joining the Collins Center, Melissa was Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the High Line, the non-profit organization responsible for the planning, funding, and operation of New York City’s High Line.
Melissa has extensive background in program management, organizational capacity building, and non-profit fundraising. Her work in the field of violence against women dates back to her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania from 2001-2003.