Partner/Executive Director, Diploma Equity Project
Melissa Hamann has nearly twenty years of experience working in education reform and school management. Most recently, Melissa served as the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Promise Schools, a nonprofit school management company launched in 2013 which operates schools in and around Detroit to prepare students for success in college and beyond. Prior to launching Promise Schools, Melissa served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Detroit Public Schools Emergency Managers Robert Bobb and Roy Roberts from 2009-2013. Before returning home to metro Detroit in 2009, Melissa led education reform initiatives through her roles with the New York City Department of Education, Boston Public Schools, and Chicago Public Schools. Melissa began her career as a management consultant for Bain & Company in Chicago. She then worked as a consultant for the Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago where she supported strategic initiatives in community development, public housing, public parks, and education, and found her life’s passion to support public education reform. Melissa has an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Melissa is also a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, and a proud mom to her four-year-old son Ben.