Melanie Adams

Legal Grants Specialist and Matching Gift Administrator

Melanie Adams joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2007, bringing her experience in research and policy development in the area of child wellbeing to her work in supporting the Foundation’s focus on reducing childhood obesity, and coordinating leadership-building programs in communities nationwide. Working within the Foundation’s law department, Melanie oversees legal agreements and compliance, administers the RWJF matching gift program, and strives to improve departmental and Foundation processes. She also serves as a member of several internal RWJF committees; participates in proposal reviews and site visits; supervises and mentors summer interns; and represents the Foundation at national and local meetings. She views her work as “being a big doer in helping big thinkers implement big programs in health and healthcare.” 

Earlier in her RWJF career, Melanie served as a field coordinator for the Foundation’s childhood obesity effort. In this role, she was a liaison to childhood obesity program grantees, and provided them with technical assistance and administrative coordination.

Prior to joining RWJF, Melanie worked in the Princeton University Office of Population Research (OPR), where she managed the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. Her work also involved research projects in emergency contraception, malaria, education and diversity, migration, and the environment, and she created and managed OPR’s first student-staffed IT helpdesk.

Also, drawing on her background as a competitive diver and NCAA Division I men’s and women’s diving coach, Melanie was a staff academic fellow for the Princeton swimming and diving teams.

She holds a Master of Administrative Science in nonprofit management and human resources management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BS in exercise physiology and teaching from the University of Michigan. She pursued graduate education at Colorado State University, and holds paralegal certification from Monmouth University and a management certificate from Princeton University’s department of human resources.

Melanie was appointed by the N.J. Supreme Court as a volunteer guardianship monitor with the Monmouth County Surrogate. She also holds a N.J. notary public license.

Born in New Jersey, she has lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan; San Francisco, and Fort Collins, Colorado. She presently resides in Manalapan, N.J. In her spare time, she enjoys doing “anything active” and traveling.

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