Melissa Leonard

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Melissa Leonard, MPA
Project Director

Melissa joined the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC) in November 2019 and currently serves as a Project Director, Manager – Quality Improvement Science. Her work on quality improvement projects has been primarily focused on maternal and child health.

Melissa has around 15 years of experience in health and human services within the public sector focused on improving quality of life for vulnerable populations. Her background includes working with national healthcare and environmental health nonprofit organizations, coordinating the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Guardian ad Litem Education Program, and serving as the Education and Quality Director at Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc., a state-wide agency that provides guardianship for adults with developmental disabilities. Prior to joining GRC, Melissa worked with policy development and compliance training programs at The Ohio State University’s Office of University Compliance and Integrity. She is passionate about issues related to education, access, and equity and utilizes her diverse background to make meaningful contributions to GRC’s work to improve access to quality healthcare for all Ohioans.

Melissa received her BA in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy with a specialization in Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy from James Madison College within Michigan State University. She received her MPA from Kent State University.