The Biden Foundation announced Melanie Fonder Kaye has been named Communications Director, in addition to other new staff additions Brian McKeon as Advisor for Foreign Policy, Jordan Montoya as Policy Associate for Shaping Foreign Policy, and Jacob Wellner as Special Assistant.
“I’m thrilled to welcome more talent to the Foundation team,” said Louisa Terrell, Executive Director of the Biden Foundation. “Melanie’s history with the work of Vice President and Dr. Biden makes her uniquely qualified to communicate our vision to the public. Brian and Jordan will be instrumental in expanding our work in foreign policy. And Jacob will be integral to ensuring the Biden Forum continues to spread bold new ideas. I look forward to seeing how this dynamic group of individuals supports the Foundation’s vision of equal dignity and opportunity for all people.”
Melanie Fonder Kaye is a communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience in advocacy communications, media, and journalism. Before founding her communications firm MFK Strategies, she served as Director of Communications to Dr. Jill Biden. In the White House, Melanie developed and oversaw the communications strategy, which included Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden’s initiative to encourage all Americans to support service members, veterans, and military families; helping to raise the profile of community colleges as an innovative pathway to success; elevating the role of teachers; and raising awareness around women’s health, particularly breast cancer.
Before that, Melanie was a vice president at GMMB, press secretary for former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and was a reporter covering politics and government for The Hill, the Green Bay News-Chronicle, and WisPolitics.com.