Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative, American University

Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is the Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative and Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University. In this role she manages the day-to-day operations of the Entrepreneurship Initiative including the Kogod Incubator, Entrepreneurship Venture Fund and Kogod Advisory Council.

She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises.

Bradley served as a Presidential Appointee under Presidents Clinton and Obama. Under Clinton, Melissa served as Financial Regulatory Affairs Fellow at the Department of Treasury, Office of Thrift Supervision, where she researched the impact of welfare reform and micro-enterprise lending on the financial industry and authored “IDA Strategy for Asset Accumulation.” Under Obama, she was Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, served at the Department of Education and was responsible for securing over $20 million in public-private partnerships to support national service and My Brother’s Keeper. From 2014-2015 she served as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund, a White House Initiative committed to scaling ‘what works’ in our communities.

She is a Senator for the Georgetown University Alumni Advisory Board, and served as a board member on the Georgetown University Board of Governors for more than 10 years. She is also Founder and Former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, as well as Founding Member, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from the School of Business at Georgetown University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University Kogod School of Business.