Melissa Lockhart Fortner is Vice President at the Pacific Council on International Policy. She oversees strategy and planning in partnership with the executive team and the board of directors, focusing on institutional health, program impact, and metrics and evaluation. In various prior roles at the Council, Melissa directed communications, development, membership, and program strategies.
Melissa previously worked in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. She was also a nonresident commentator and blogger for the Foreign Policy Association in New York for five years, following economic and political developments in Cuba and assessing Washington’s policy toward Havana. She has been quoted by NPR, the Associated Press, and Fox News Latino, and her writing has appeared in outlets like the Christian Science Monitor and Real Clear World. Melissa is fluent in Spanish and has studied and worked in Peru, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Sweden. She is a vocal proponent of the Oxford comma.
Melissa holds a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Pomona College. She lives in Seattle with her husband Jeff and son Cody.