Melissa Orth is the Senior Director for Government Relations and Assistant University Secretary. She also manages presidential athletics.
Melissa has been with the University of Florida for more than 20 years and has served in various roles. In her current role her main responsibilities include cultivating relationships and collaborating with various internal and external constituencies to develop state level public policy and appropriations priorities for the university. She works directly with the UF Board of Trustees providing proactive support and engagement. In addition, she identifies and manages board strategic and operational issues as well as long-range planning.
Melissa helped develop Gators for Higher Education – the university’s first formal advocacy program – that communicates the university’s goals to Florida’s elected officials with its 8,300+ advocates. She was also one of the originators and inaugural steering committee member of the national higher education advocacy organization, PHELAP - Public Higher Education Legislative Advocacy Professionals.
Melissa has served on a variety of university presidential committees including the Career Resource Center Advisory Committee, Cultural Plaza Advisory Committee, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, O’Connell Center Advisory Board and the UF Performing Arts Policies and Procedures Committee. In addition, she served on the President Inauguration Committee and has served as Chair of Superior Accomplishment Awards Division One Committee since 2013. She served as program chair and president of the UF Academic and Professional Assembly Organization. Melissa has also volunteered as a mentor with the UF Minority Mentor Program.
Melissa received her bachelor’s degree from UF and is a proud honorary member of Florida Blue Key. She is married and has two sons.