Melinda B. Wolfe

Former Chief People Officer/HR Consultant/Executive Coach

Melinda Wolfe has served as chief people officer and led talent initiatives with a passionate focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at companies including GLG, Pearson, Bloomberg, American Express and Goldman Sachs. Across industry, she has joined leadership teams to optimize organizational design, culture and human resource priorities, while driving outcomes for employee engagement, productivity and profitability.

Melinda began her career in public finance at Merrill Lynch where she managed billions of dollars of project finance and transactions for public and private sector clients. In addition to her private sector work, she holds leadership positions in the non-profit sector, currently chairing the board of the Zana Africa Foundation and serving as a board member of Auburn Seminary, Echoing Green, the Center for Talent Innovation, and Generation W. She previously served on the NYC Mayor’s Commission on Women and on advisory boards for several academic institutions including the Dalton School, Barnard’s Athena Center, Duke University, Washington University and the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia, where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member.

She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University and her graduate degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.