Associate Director for Grants & COO
Melanie MacBride joined the CBF in March 2021 as Associate Director for Grants & COO. In this role, Melanie oversees and directs the CBF’s grants program and related programs and projects. In addition, she oversees the administrative operations of the CBF, with a lead role in directing finance and audit, human resources, and other key operational activities.
Prior to joining the CBF, Melanie was the Managing Attorney of the Safety & Family Practice Group at Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, where she had worked in a variety of roles since 2012. Earlier in her career, Melanie worked as a staff attorney at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (n/k/a Ascend Justice) and DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service.
Melanie graduated with a B.A. in Law, Letters & Society and Gender Studies from the University of Chicago, and she earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.
When she’s not at the CBF, Melanie enjoys spending time outside with her family. She resides in the Avondale neighborhood with her husband and daughter.