Melanie Adams joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2007, as an administrative assistant supporting program staff focused on reducing childhood obesity. She subsequently expanded her role and responsibilities by providing technical assistance and coordination to childhood obesity grantee directors. In 2014, Adams’ assumed the position of program team coordinator for the former Human Capital and newly named Leadership for Better Health theme charged with building four new RWJF leadership programs.
Adams was previously employed by Princeton University in the Office of Population Research (OPR), managing the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. She also worked on research projects involving emergency contraception, malaria, education and diversity, migration, and the environment. She founded and managed the OPR student helpdesk and was a mental health resource representative for students and staff. Drawing on her background as a competitive diver and NCAA Division I men’s and women’s diving coach, she was a staff academic fellow for the Princeton swimming and diving teams.
At the Foundation, Adams is a member of several internal committees, participates in proposal reviews and site visits, supervises and mentors summer interns and represents the Foundation at national and local meetings. Adams was appointed by the N.J. Supreme Court as a volunteer to monitor guardianships with the Monmouth County Surrogate. She loves travel and all things active.
She received a BS in exercise physiology and teaching degrees from the University of Michigan, graduate education at Colorado State University, paralegal certification from Monmouth University, and earned a management certification from Princeton University’s department of human resources. Adams received her Master of Administrative Science in nonprofit management and human resources management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.