Melissa Penn is a lawyer with an expertise in public health. She has spent her career in public service, from working with adults with developmental disabilities, to working as an attorney for the City of New York, and as the Administrator of the New York Blood Center’s National Cord Blood Program.
Melissa became involved with the Hemophilia Community after her oldest son was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A. To raise money for NHF, Melissa started the Hemophilia Walk in 2006 in Riverside Park, NYC, inspiring the National Walk Program which raised over $1 million dollars in its inaugural year. In 2008, to continue and expand he work the Walk had started, she founded the New York City Hemophilia Chapter, serving as its first Executive Director and later as the President of the Board.
Melissa received her undergraduate degree at Univ. of Massachusetts, law degree from Rutgers Law School, and her Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University School of Public Health. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.