Melissa Jane Kronfield
A New York City native and resident, Melissa received a B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University and an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University and Rutgers University. Melissa has lectured on American foreign policy and national security issues in the Political Science department at Rutgers, as well the Global Affairs department at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is currently completing her dissertation on American national security and militarization. In 2012, she was awarded first place in the Richard A. Clarke National Security and Counter-Terrorism Scholarship contest. Her winning monograph was featured in the Journal of Terrorism and Security Analysis and was presented at the annual Syracuse National and International Security Conference. A journalist and editorialist, Melissa has been featured in the Politico, The Daily Caller, Government Security News, Fox News, Fox News Channel, Fox Business, and the New York Post. Melissa is also engaged in numerous community organizations including serving as Vice President of the Young Leadership Group at Save A Child’s Heart; an Advisory Board Member for Only Honest; a Consultant for Girls Heath Ed; and a contributing member for development strategy at Curated Innovation. She is also an active member of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents and has worked on fundraising efforts for K9s for Warriors, the American Society for the University of Haifa, the Survivor’s Initiative (benefiting victims of the Holocaust), Shalva’s House (benefiting children with disabilities in Israel), AIPAC Young Leadership, the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, Birthright, and Seeds of Peace. Melissa co-founded the New York Young Leaders for Sandy (in support of the victims of super-storm Sandy), and founded the Tweet4Shalit campaign (in support the family of Gilad ShShalit) as well as the New York Teddy Bear Bash (in support of the families of the Sandy Hook, CT).