Melina Kolb, vice president for communications, joined the Institute in 2017 as a content producer. She has worked in digital media production and nonprofit communications for over 10 years, with organizations such as FP2020 (hosted by the United Nations Foundation), Population Reference Bureau, and Heartland Alliance.
She began her career in video production and has since expanded to other forms of storytelling, including longform multimedia and data visualizations, as well as digital marketing. She directed an independent documentary on Chicago educator Sue Duncan, which premiered during primetime on PBS Chicago in 2014. At the Population Reference Bureau, she helped produce an interactive data feature that made the shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Award and was named one of 24 Best Interactive Websites of 2015 by Visually. For the Peterson Institute, she wrote the feature, “What Is Globalization?,” which has appeared as the number one Google search result for “globalization.” She previously managed digital marketing and development projects at The Marketing Store for corporate client McDonald’s.
Kolb received her MS in journalism at Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and has a BA in anthropology from the University of Chicago.