Director of Advancement
Passionate about Menaul School’s mission and its expansive vision for the future, Melanie is excited to lead Menaul’s Advancement efforts and to partner with supporters and community members to continue and strengthen the rich tradition of philanthropy that is an integral part of Menaul School.
Melanie Davis brings an array of fundraising, community engagement and non-profit leadership experience to her position. Most recently, Melanie served as the Chief Development Officer for Lyngblomsten, a senior care organization in St. Paul, MN. She has also served as the Corporate Engagement Officer for Goodwill/Easter Seals of MN, the Director of Disaster Response for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, and the National Director for Camp Noah, a therapeutic day camp designed to assist children impacted by disaster in their emotional and spiritual recovery.
Melanie is married to Tom Davis, a fifth generation New Mexican. As a blended family, Melanie and Tom have five adult children and three grandchildren who live in various parts of the country. Melanie enjoys taking ballroom dance lessons, visiting with friends and family, exercising, reading and playing with their dog Lily. Having grown up with a secret wish to be a cowgirl, Melanie loves horseback riding and exploring the wide open spaces of New Mexico and the family ranch near Quemado.
Master of Business Administration, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
Master of Divinity, Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas (Overseas Study, Oxford University)
Professional Certifications, Endorsements, and Awards
Fundraising Certificate, St. Thomas University, Minneapolis, MN
Volunteer Administrator Certificate – Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators