Melissa Brown Goodall

  • Senior Director, Environmental Innovations Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

    Melissa Brown Goodall is the Senior Director of the Environmental Innovations Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Formed in 2020, the Initiative is a pan-university program intended to meaningfully impact the critical environmental challenges of our time, particularly biodiversity loss, climate change, and human vulnerability. Before joining Penn in 2021, Melissa was at Yale University – first with the School of the Environment, then with the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and finally with the Office of Sustainability. Previous to Yale, Melissa worked as a project manager for the UNDP and UNOPS. Melissa is the Director of the Global University Climate Forum and is a strategic advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston. She earned her PhD in Environmental Studies and MS in Natural Resource Management and Organizational Administration from Antioch University and her BFA from New York University.