Jumpstart Welcomes New Vice President of Development to Lead Fundraising and Communications Efforts

June 19, 2018 (Boston) — Jumpstart is excited to announce that David Melendez joined Jumpstart earlier this month as Vice President of Development, where he will lead fundraising and external communications and serve as an integral member of the Leadership Team for the national early education non-profit.

“David’s extensive experience in fundraising — working strategically and creatively to build efficiencies — will be a tremendous asset to our work,” says Gary Jimenez, Chief Development Officer for Jumpstart. “I look forward to working with David to drive sustainability and growth at Jumpstart so that we can continue our work to level the playing field for all young children for years to come.”

David is an accomplished fundraiser whose career has included leadership roles at higher education institutions and non-profit organizations working in the fields of educational equity and social justice. Most recently, David worked as Vice President of Development & Communications at STRIVE International, where he led the creation of a comprehensive communications plan and oversaw a 17% growth in revenue over the last fiscal year.

David is located in Jumpstart’s New York office.


Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is also a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at jstart.org and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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