Director of Development
Melanie Hildreth works closely with IJ President Chip Mellor to ensure that the Institute for Justice has the financial resources it needs to carry out its mission in court and in the court of public opinion. In addition to keeping our donors up-to-date with email reports and other written correspondence, Melanie travels the country meeting with IJ's supporters in their homes and places of business to report on IJ's progress and activities. She also directs the Institute's Four Pillars Society, which recognizes IJ donors who have included the Institute for Justice in their estate plans.
Melanie joined IJ in September 2005 as development associate, and moved into the newly created position of director of donor relations in October 2007. Before coming to IJ, she worked in development at the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington, Va. Melanie graduated summa cum laude from DePauw University in 2004, earning a degree in philosophy. She and her husband, Jeff, live in northern Virginia.