Melissa Moore

Lowcountry Manager

Melissa Moore grew up in Mount Pleasant, SC. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston, Melissa quickly realized how few opportunities existed in South Carolina for young, innovative people to make a living doing transformative work. Nevertheless, they committed to staying in SC and build a career devoted to improving this little corner of the planet. In 2005, Melissa joined Alliance For Full Acceptance as Assistant to the Executive Director. Soon after that, Melissa went on to work for SC Equality as Field Director and Interim Director, with a focus on public policy issues and community engagement to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ South Carolinians. In 2010, Melissa became Executive Director of We Are Family, the only organization in SC that has a mission focused on the needs of LGBTQ+ and straight ally youth. Through working with We Are Family, they served as a mentor, helped countless young people see the value in themselves and their lives, and became a leader in the work of ending youth homelessness in Charleston, a county where there are few services focused on youth experiencing homelessness. Melissa worked with Riley Center for Livable Communities to develop the Charleston YOUth Count, the first-ever study of youth housing instability and food insecurity in Charleston County. Melissa worked with the City of Charleston in 2018 to open Charleston’s first day resource center for people experiencing homelessness that included a thrift store, a TeleHealth clinic, on-site mental health services, a 10-workstation computer lab donated by Google, a shower, laundry, and a co-working space for local homeless service providers. Melissa recently concluded their role as Director of Operations for Housing For All Mount Pleasant, an organization that seeks to create, encourage and support the development of attainable housing that is accessible for those who work, live, or aspire to live, in Mount Pleasant. Melissa believes that hardship can create the best leaders, and they are committed to creating pathways to leadership for the most marginalized members of our community.

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