Mela attended Macalester College as an undergraduate and received her master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about civic engagement and has long been a believer in the transformative power of service. Previously, Mela served as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible in Philadelphia. Mela currently manages Global Citizen’s portfolio of initiatives to engage volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and other community partners in service and other civic engagement activities, including the Martin Luther King Day of Service; One King Day, One King Book literacy program; Year-Round Volunteering Program, Service Clubs, and others. Mela also manages Global Citizen’s online communications and social media presence.