Based in the US, Melody Westen joins IAPF with twenty years of development and marketing experience across national nonprofits and INGOs. Most recently she served as SVP, Development & Marketing at a US based nonprofit that uses running as a tool towards self-sufficiency for those experiencing homelessness and overcoming addiction. Prior to that, she spent over 5 years at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) overseeing the strategic development of targeted donor groups to further the IRC's mission. Her specialties include creating sustainable development infrastructure, diversifying funding opportunities, and aligning messaging across organizations. As Executive Director of IAPF USA, Melody works closely with IAPF’s Board of Directors to broaden our circle of support while ensuring the organization’s sustainability.