Melody Porter is the Director of the Office of Community Engagement at William and Mary. As director, Melody Porter advances community engagement efforts across the university, fosters student leadership in alternative breaks, and develops strong connections with community partners to ensure that our work is community-driven and leads to positive social change. Melody came to William and Mary from Emory University, where she served for three years as director of Volunteer Emory, a student-led department for community service. Through all of her professional and volunteer experiences, Melody has seen how connected and interdependent people and communities are everywhere, and believes in the power of mutual connection to transform lives and bring positive social change. She also loves cheese fries.