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Melanie Powers

Melanie Padgett Powers / Silver Spring, Md., and Washington, DC

I’m a writer, editor and social media strategist who has won awards in all three of these areas. I aim to help associations, nonprofits and companies communicate effectively with their audience through my unique perspective as an editor who is passionate about social media.

Or, I can just write for you.

I have a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a news-editorial focus from Franklin College of Franklin, Ind. I was a newspaper reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers—covering every beat imaginable—for about seven years before moving to Washington, DC. Here, I became an assistant editor for The Nation’s Health newspaper at the American Public Health Association, where I fell in love with health news. I spent the next 14 years at associations—including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—primarily covering health as a writer, editor and eventually social media manager and strategist.

I quickly became known not only for my editing and writing skills, but my ability to work collaboratively with members and co-workers, to juggle several projects at once without losing my cool, and to develop systems and organize the bejeezus out of any publication or social media process. I take my role as a customer service provider seriously, a work ethic that led to my being named the employee of the year while at the American Public Health Association.

I now bring that same mentality to my clients. Contact me and let’s talk about what we can accomplish together.


  1. I created my first newspaper in the sixth grade.
  2. I traveled to 19 countries before I ever visited Florida.
  3. I remember being nervous as I was sending my first tweet for a client.
  4. I earned my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate in Prague, Czech Republic.
  5. As an Indiana native, I try to grow corn every year in my garden (without too much success).
  6. I’m so obsessed with chocolate chip cookies and Thin Mints that an intern nicknamed me “Cookie Monster.”
  7. My first writing award was the “Young Authors Award” in sixth grade for a fictional tale about my beloved cat, “The Day Frisky Died.”