Melissa Bradley is founder and president of New Capitalist, where she has facilitated over $20 million in private equity transactions for seed stage companies and created investment vehicles instrumental in capital sourcing for minority-owned firms. Bradley is also the founder of Positive Impact — a collaborative initiative to promote diverse voices and visions within independent media launched at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. As part of this initiative Bradley authored "Introduction to Media Investing for the Creative and Investment Communities." Her work as an Open Society Institute Soros Justice Fellow investigated the feasibility and viability of creating entrepreneurial ventures for formerly incarcerated persons and encouraged investments from the business community to meet the employment needs of the formerly incarcerated. She has also served as a Financial Regulatory Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Treasury, researching the impact of welfare reform and micro-enterprise lending on the financial industry.