National Director, Donor Development
Melisse Skelton joined CureSearch for Children’s Cancer in November 2018, and is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan to raise vital funds in support of CureSearch initiatives and programs. She oversees our major gifts, foundations, and annual giving efforts, and works with the Board of Directors and Executive team to engage donors to achieve high levels of philanthropic support. Melisse comes to us with a strong background in development for cancer causes. Prior to joining CureSearch, Melisse worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a Director of Donor Development where she served as a major gift fundraiser for the Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the organization. She engaged with high-level donors, led a team of development professionals, and provided leadership to staff within the region. In addition to her time at LLS, she worked in campaign development roles at the American Cancer Society and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Melisse holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, and currently resides in Santa Clara, California.