Melissa Kushner

Melissa Kushner

“Her efforts are making a difference for children around the world.”

Melissa Kushner is the founder of Goods for Good. She’ll reveal how the power to dramatically increase school attendance and improve the future of thousands — potentially millions of children — can be found in the excess goods sitting in corporate supply storerooms.

Melissa Kushner, Founder and Executive Director of Goods for Good, has spent her entire career dedicated to international development. Goods for Good currently provides material support to 183 community-based organizations, orphan care centers, and public schools, which serve the needs of 54,000 orphans and vulnerable children across Malawi and Haiti. By providing school supplies, clothing, shoes, and health and hygiene products, Goods for Good ensures that a lack of basic materials is not a barrier to their achievement. 

Prior to establishing Goods for Good, Melissa served as a consultant for Hahn Associates, a New York-based development consulting firm, as well as a Project Consultant for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, focusing on strengthening health systems. These experiences provided Melissa with a deep understanding of multi-sector partnership building, health infrastructure strengthening, fundraising, field research, and program development.