Melissa Vargas is passionate about building connections and is a strong believer in the transformative power of community-led change. She currently serves as Philanthropy Together's Operations and Events Coordinator.

Melissa holds a B.A in Global Studies from Long Island University Global College, a four year experientially based study abroad program. Through her undergraduate program, she completed a blend of coursework, internships, and independent research in 10+ countries throughout Central America, Europe, and Asia. During her studies, Melissa’s research centered around food justice and migration. In her spare time, she loves traveling to new places, delving into new books, and spending time with her family.