Melissa Shillingford

Director of Leadership Training and Logistics

New York, NY

Melissa Shillingford is responsible for managing the Leading with Conviction trainings and the Emerging Leaders Having been impacted by the criminal justice system, Melissa Shillingford truly believes that those with direct experience have the moral high ground in creating healing, justice, and solutions to the ills of mass criminalization and incarceration. Melissa has been committed to leadership development programs that promote social and political change. As the Director of Leadership Trainings and Logistics, she is responsible for managing the Leading with Conviction trainings and the Emerging Leaders trainings. Previously Melissa was JLUSA’s Training and Logistics Coordinator. Prior to joining JLUSA Melissa was the Director of Fellowships at the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. There, she was responsible for developing and administering the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative, the Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship and the David Rockefeller Fund Fellowship. Before PRI, she worked at the Center for Civic Engagement at Northwestern University where one of her projects was to develop and manage music mentorship programs for incarcerated young men at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Melissa earned a joint Master’s Degree in Human and Community Development and Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was a Davis-Putter Peace and Justice Scholar. Melissa also earned her Bachelor’s from John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She is dedicated to building a better future for her two children Beau and Rose.