Melissa Hamilton

Business Strategy Specialist


Melissa is a savvy strategy and finance professional with 12+ years of experience working with public, private and early and growth stage startup companies on diverse projects. She has extensive experience working directly with senior executives on value creation projects that have involved building financial models, building products, developing and analyzing metrics, creating business cases, streamlining operations and processes and assessing market and industry dynamics. Melissa started her consulting career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has since worked in the technology, startup and venture investment spaces. She is a champion of high-tech innovation in the food and healthcare industries.

Melissa has a passion for community service and is an engaged philanthropist. She currently gives of her time and talents as a Board Director for two nonprofit organizations, MAPSCorps and Social Venture Partners Chicago. She has also volunteered with the Taproot Foundation and helped non-profits think about building and scaling sustainable food operations. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a George C. Brooks Scholar, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Melissa is a licensed CPA in Illinois and Missouri.



 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a school district commissary. The goal is to strengthen Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development. (2021)