Melissa Riewald is the Senior Director, Community Impact for United Way Halton & Hamilton leading a team of professionals dedicated to maximizing our impact in the community. Melissa joined the organization in November 2015 to help grow the community development initiatives beyond traditional program investment and transition the organization into one focused on impact and measurable outcomes.
Prior to joining this United Way, Melissa was the Manager of Community Development for United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area and served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region as Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committees, and as part of the Executive Committee. In May 2015, she was selected as a delegate to the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, a unique and immersive, invite-only training opportunity offered to Canada’s top 250 emerging leaders once every 3-4 years.
Melissa has lived and learned in various communities throughout the world including Canada, the United States, France and South Korea. After completing a degree in Philosophy and French, Melissa went on to earn a Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo in the community she now calls home.
A tireless advocate for social justice, Melissa dedicates her time to improving lives through her dual passions of community development and leadership. Her ‘big picture’ perspective and strategic thinking enable her to ask probing questions about the people and systems around her in order to engage practically with the issues and causes she cares about most.
When able to unplug, Melissa loves to spend her time traveling, writing, camping and finding and listening to new music. In the summer, you’ll likely find her backcountry camping and paddling or portaging a canoe… while singing at the top of her lungs.