Melissa Bear

Melissa Bear

Associate Director, The Bridge

Melissa Bear serves as the Associate Director of The Race Card Project founded in 2010. Melissa’s responsibilities include business development, program management, digital content administration, along with collecting and sharing stories submitted by more than tens of thousands of contributors while maintaining an online footprint that encompasses all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

As part of The Race Card Project team, Ms. Bear manages the day-to-day programming and curates all submissions to the multiple websites owned and operated by The Race Card Project. Ms. Bear is also responsible for leading the On Location outreach program, which provides students, faculty and communities with a unique opportunity to create a custom Race Card Project experience on campus. Drawing on her master’s degree in education and professional experience, she works with founder Michele Norris to develop high quality programming, events and curriculum that is used to create meaningful content based on the stories archived at The Race Card Project.

In 2014, Ms. Bear won a Peabody Award in electronic communications for her work on The Race Card Project. In addition to The Race Card Project, Ms. Bear has completed multi-media projects for the International Dairy Foods Association; Diane MacEachern author of The Big Green Purse and multiple projects for Adrian Kinloch Web Design and Photography.

Ms. Bear has a Masters of Education degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University (2003) and a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Randolph Macon College (2000). She and her husband, Brian live in Towson, Maryland with their two children: Jackson (10) and Susan (6).