As associate director of gender and social inclusion, Melissa Matlock develops strategies to help empower women and youth by integrating considerations related to gender, youth, and other marginalized populations across our projects and new business efforts. Melissa has 10 years of experience working on gender, finance, value chains, and market development issues. Prior to joining ACDI/VOCA in 2019, Melissa provided technical assistance and managed agricultural finance and market development projects at Connexus Corporation and the SEEP Network. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Melissa holds a BA in global affairs and economics from North Central College and an MS with distinction in gender, development, and globalization from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She is fluent in Spanish.