VP for Social Innovation & Workforce Initiatives
Melissa Freigang is Vice President for Social Innovation and Workforce Initiatives. She leads specialized economic and workforce development programs aligning industry, education, social-sector organizations, and governmental and public-sector bodies. Using innovative and evidence-based business development, training and job creation methodologies, Melissa’s team helps key stakeholders integrate and navigate complex economic development, social and workforce systems, delivering improved outcomes. Freigang’s experience directing government grants and building strategic community partnerships spans more than a decade. She currently directs the human-centered designed Job Training and Placement Program (JTAP), Education to Employment (E2E) and Intergenerational Poverty Family Asset Building in partnership with Utah Community Action.
Freigang works to bridge the gap between policy and practice through her work with Weber County’s Intergenerational Poverty strategy, Utah’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative’s workforce development and implementing social impact projects through the Pay for Success funding model. She chairs the Clearfield Job Corps Center’s Workforce Council and the USOR State Rehabilitation Council, serves on the Governor’s Commissions on Women in the Economy and the Employment of People with Disabilities, the United Way of Salt Lake Davis Leadership Council, the Safe Harbor Crisis Center Board, the Davis Unified Economic Development, Davis Education Foundation Board and the United Way of Northern Utah’s OgdenCAN team.
Freigang holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, and post-graduate certifications in workforce development, strategic planning, leadership, the ICorps Lean Canvas Business Model, and community development. She is also a former US Senior National Team member, three-time individual NCAA All-American, and team member on the two-time National Gymnastics Championship teams from the University of Utah.