Melissa Banigan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advice Project Media. She believes in the power of grassroots organizations, and feels that great storytelling can change the world.
Melissa's approach is to always partner problems with solutions, and she drives this home in every story she edits, film she helps create, and program she develops. She spent 15 years working with youth, families, children, and peoples living with disabilities in schools, private residences, and community programs, and she wouldn't give up the opportunity to work on the ground with people for anything.
In addition to her work with Advice Project Media, Melissa is a multimedia photojournalist, editor, and project coordinator who has partnered with clients such as Scholastic, Inc., NYU-Polytechnic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques, the American Joint Distribution Committee, and Focus Investment Group. Melissa has published articles under her own name with The Washington Post, STIR Journal, and The Manifest-Station, and she has assisted clients to develop their stories and/or company materials for publication.
Melissa loves being behind camera - her photographic work for families and nonprofits across four continents blends the best of documentary and lifestyle photography, and her videography focuses on telling succinct local stories distilled from complicated "big picture" global issues.