Immediate Past Chair
Term expired '17
Life Member & Sustaining Life Donor
'00 Industrial Engineering
Melanie is an attorney and partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a law firm based in Milwaukee, Wis. She is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, where she works with clients to develop strategies for resolving intellectual property disputes both inside and outside of the courtroom. As a third-generation Iowa State student, Melanie served as a Cyclone Aide and Engineers’ Week co-chair and was a member of the Student Alumni Association (now Student Alumni Leadership Council), VEISHEA Executive Board, Delta Zeta Sorority Executive Board, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, and Cardinal Key. After graduating from Iowa State, Melanie worked as a process engineer and manufacturing manager for Procter & Gamble. She then went on to earn her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. During her tenure on the ISUAA Board of Directors, Melanie has served as Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice Chair of Finance, and Vice Chair of Records, has chaired the Board’s Executive Committee, Membership and Revenue Enhancement Committee, Alumni Center Oversight Committee, and Finance Committee, and has served on the CEO Evaluation and Officers' Nominating Committees, as well as the Strategic Plan, Diversity and Inclusion, and Alumni Center Business Plan Task Forces. Melanie and her husband, Karl, recently welcomed their first daughter, Zoe, and enjoy time with their three rescue dogs.
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