Based in Columbus, Ohio, Melissa Fincher is a senior associate in Witt/Kieffer’s Education practice. With particular expertise in advancement and arts leadership, Melissa has developed deep trusting relationships through years of higher education, non-profit and academic medicine collaborations. A New Jersey native, she started her career at her alma mater, Rutgers University, as a member of the undergraduate admissions team. She then served Johns Hopkins External Affairs and Development, first as a member of the senior leadership team developing critical institutional partnerships and executing priority projects and then as a human resources consultant with a primary focus on talent acquisition and career pathing.
Immediately prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Melissa was a talent and organizational development consultant at The Ohio State University. In this role, she helped drive talent management strategic priorities across a base of more than 1,000 full-time employees. Melissa developed integration strategies for several divisions including workforce planning and forecasting for merged organizational models. Melissa is a conservatory-trained fine artist, having studied art and architecture in Paris.
She has a master’s degree in arts administration with a concentration in community cultural planning and philanthropy.