Melanie Roussell Newman is the Senior Vice President for Communications and Culture at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Ms. Newman has over 15 years of experience in government, political and non-profit communications. Prior to Planned Parenthood, Ms. Newman was Chief Communications Officer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and held several positions in the Obama Administration, including leading communications at the U.S. Department of Justice, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her experience also includes spokesperson roles at the Democratic National Committee and on Capitol Hill.
Ms. Newman is a New Orleans, Louisiana native, but spent part of her childhood in Alabama. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida and her Master’s degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington. Ms. Newman is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the National Social Action Commission for the sorority.