Melissa Austin joined the Volcker Alliance as Project Manager for the State and Local Program in September of 2015. As Associate Director, she is currently organizing and implementing the next phase of our Truth and Integrity in Government Finance project. Previously, she served as a Senior Grants Management Specialist at the National Institutes of Health, where she negotiated, administered, reviewed, and awarded grants on complex and critical medical research projects. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Management Assistant to the Business Administrator of the City of Newark, New Jersey. In that position she led and managed the legislative review team, coordinated park and open space redevelopment projects, and spearheaded the city’s federal and state lobbying efforts. Melissa received a BS in Business Administration and a MPA from the University of Delaware.