Melanie Sillas is VP of Development at World Business Chicago. As VP of Development, she brings 10 years of prior work experience that includes higher education fundraising as well as nonprofit fundraising, particularly focused on foundation an corporate support. Prior to joining World Business Chicago, Melanie served as Associate Director on the Foundation and Corporate Relations team at the University of Chicago. At the university, Melanie focused on initiatives in education, civic engagement, urban development and community development. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Melanie served as Senior Development Officer at the Chicago Urban League, where she had lead responsibility for the planning and execution of corporate, foundation, United Way and Government fund development activities.
Melanie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois in 2005, a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in 2008 and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from North Park University in 2014. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys running and training for destination races, baking and volunteering with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.