Cynthia Pritchard has over 30 year’s executive planning, administration, communications and programmatic experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. She has a degree in Psychology/Business with an emphasis in Personnel Administration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Pritchard has served as executive staff for United Way of Greater Augusta, Workforce Plus (regional Department of Labor office); ACS, Department of Medicaid Services - customer call center; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; American Red Cross; Nationwide Insurance and Highland Manor Nursing Home. She is considered a strategic thought leader in the areas of workforce development, early childhood, youth career development, adult education, civic engagement, volunteerism, health care, public policy, mental health, and arts/culture/historic preservation. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, raising over 7.5 million dollars as a professional and volunteer. She was named to Who’s Who of Business Professionals in 1994. In 1998, she was selected by the DAR as the Outstanding Woman under 35 in Pennsylvania. She has served board member and leader of multiple local, state and national nonprofit organizations ranging from health care, arts and culture, historic preservation, youth development, and aging. She has done critical work galvanizing effective coalitions and partnerships through her orientation to collaborative processes and inclusion based mindset. She has developed and implemented fund development programs, community impact models, and provided strategic and operational direction for multiple organization. She has developed and taught coursework/seminars nationwide on grant writing, fundraising, outcome measurement, collaboration, and collective impact, volunteer engagement, advocacy for social workers, employee onboarding, board development, and conflict resolution.
In April 2019, Melissa joined Philanthropy Delaware as the Director of Engagement. In this role, she oversees membership engagement, strategic communications, and programmatic affairs. She serves as the project manager for the SHARE Delaware, a collaborative enterprise of Philanthropy Delaware and Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), which aims to transform the Delaware nonprofit and philanthropy community through universally accessible and useful information. As a Delaware native, she is committed to serving her local community as a servant-style leader.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Lynchburg. During her tenure, she led the Ethics Bowl Team, a debate team focused on contemporary ethical issues. She also graduated cum laude from the Westover Honors Program. Her liberal arts background significantly shaped her creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Melissa graduated from the University of Delaware, where she received her Master of Public Administration. As a graduate research assistant, she co-authored a policy brief, "Wilmington Community Asset and Resource Mapping: An Analysis of the Resources Available to Residents of the City of Wilmington, Delaware." Upon graduation, she served as a Pathways Student Trainee and was converted to a Loan Specialist with the U.S. Department of Agricultural, Rural Development. She served rural small businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits in the Business & Cooperative Programs. Melissa is passionate about empowering and connecting others with available resources to enhance their wellbeing.
As a Delaware native, she frequently volunteers with local organizations in Newark and Wilmington. With her persistent curiosity, you can find Melissa either at trivia night or reading a library book at a coffee shop.