Chief of Staff

(202) 869-4003
Washington, DC

Areas of Expertise

Immigrants and Work, Unions and Labor Law



As Chief of Staff at the National Employment Law Project, Melissa Matos supports building and sustaining organizational culture and practices that best serve NELP’s strategic priorities and commitment to racial and economic equity. In close partnership with the Executive Director, Melissa ensures staff members, partners and stakeholders see how their unique contributions can further NELP’s mission, while identifying larger operational patterns and opportunities within our movement to build worker power.

Melissa has an extensive background within the organized labor movement supporting short- and long-term strategies and organizational effectiveness. While at the Communications Workers of America, Melissa worked as a national director centering economic challenges faced by black, brown, immigrant, women and LGBTQIA workers.

By developing popular education curriculum, uplifting the lived experiences of workers, expanding skills and leadership development programs, Melissa has supported numerous winning organizing, contract, electoral and base-building campaigns. Prior to her time at CWA, she served as a political and legislative representative for the American Postal Workers Union. There, Melissa supported APWU’s advocacy for a robust, public postal service and key protections for postal and other federal workers.

Before and during her attendance of graduate and law school, Melissa supported immigrant community organizing efforts in St. Louis, Missouri and Miami, Florida around racial, religious and gender discrimination, focusing on improving workers’ access to healthcare and protection of workplace rights.


Saint Louis University School of Law 

Saint Louis University School of Public Health 

Florida International University 

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