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Melissa Hillebrenner
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Melissa Hillebrenner is Director of Girl Up— an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to build and maintain a constituency dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s hardest-to-reach girls. The campaign mobilizes the general public to raise funds and awareness for United Nations programs that serve adolescent girls growing up in developing countries. Through Girl Up’s support, these girls will have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

As the Director of Girl Up, Melissa leads a campaign that empowers people to advocate on behalf of girls around the world through online engagement and community mobilization. Through its teen advisory board, network of Girl Up Clubs, and online constituents, Girl Up has galvanized hundreds of thousands of supporters to stand up for the rights of girls everywhere.

Prior to becoming Director of Girl Up, Melissa served as Deputy Director of the campaign. During the year and a half that she helped lead Girl Up, the campaign grew to more than 300,000 constituents and more than 300 Girl Up Clubs around the world.

Before joining the UN Foundation, Melissa served as a National Director for OP3, where she managed the nine-city multi-day fundraising walk series benefiting the Avon Foundation for Women, which raised an average of $45 million each season. During her tenure with the Avon Walks, she oversaw national staff and remote field teams, and introduced a program called the Youth Crew, which targets youth ages 10-16 to participate in the walk and raise money for the Avon Foundation.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Strategic Communication from University of Missouri – Columbia. Previous experience includes working with donor relations and marketing for Hinsdale Hospital and the American Red Cross.

Entries by Melissa Hillebrenner

Proof That When Girls Come Together There's Nothing They Can't Do

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM

This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action), up to $325,000, to four causes helping improve the health and wellbeing of moms and kids worldwide: MAMA, Shot@Life, U.S. Fund for...

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Girl Up Teen Advisors Surprise Their Moms in the Most Beautiful Way

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide through MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl...

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When Girls Don't Count

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:10 AM

In the United States, we are given a birth certificate and an official identification number when we are born. We become official citizens. When I turned sixteen I got a driver's license. Many of us will travel overseas and need to apply for a passport. As we live our lives,...

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