Melanie Edwards-Tavares

Director, Capacity Building and Nonprofit Support

In her role as Director of the Capacity Building and Nonprofit Support, Melanie supports the capacity building needs of Greater Hartford’s nonprofit community. Melanie draws her expertise in program design and management, funding and organizational leadership from a career serving in several leadership positions at local, state, and national organizations. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her scholarship focused on system-level leadership and organizational development and sustainability.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
Through my work at the Foundation, I have met incredible people that are doing amazing work across the region. I relocated to Greater Hartford from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and I am getting to know the area and my new colleagues through a great local food scene and fantastic community events. I have also been fortunate to experience the riverfront, the city and the foliage in the surrounding communities. The energy here in Hartford is palpable, and it is exciting to be in the midst of it.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
As a child, I was introduced to Khalil Gibran by my mother and his writings have heavily influenced my life philosophy. In The Prophet, there is a quote, "Work is love made visible," that I truly believe reflects why many of us have chosen a career in the nonprofit sector.