Melissa Unemori Hampe serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at McAllister & Quinn. Melissa joined the firm in 2008 and brought to it more than 12 years of public policy experience in the House and Senate and at a national nonprofit. In addition to working to develop and implement the firm’s strategic goals and overseeing general firm functions, she has developed and continues to manage the firm’s suite of federal and foundation grant services. She provides strategic external funding and government affairs analysis, advice, and advocacy services to a range of health care, higher education, non-profit, for profit, and state government clients. This includes helping clients generate and develop fundable project ideas in a way that is compelling to funders. She also provides high-level grant project management from start to finish toward ensuring a competitive grants submission.
Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Melissa advocated before Congress and the Administration for mentoring public policy and funding issues as the Director of Government Relations at MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, representing roughly 30 state and local partnerships and 4,000 local mentoring programs across the country. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Director to former Senator Daniel Akaka, leading a collaborative legislative and press team including personal staff and the staff of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee in the development and implementation of the Senator’s legislative priorities. Before that, she worked as a Domestic Policy Advisor for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee under the leadership of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and former Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), and as a legislative and press staffer for the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink (D-HI). Melissa earned her B.S. from Cornell University and M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.
Her political work includes serving as a Board Member of the Asian American Action Fund, where she served as Deputy Executive Director for several years.