Our Team

Melissa Rouse

Communications Production Manager

"I believe that language is an essential tool for building a more vibrant and sustainable future. The stories we choose to tell can foster a kinder, more regenerative, and more equitable planet."

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Melissa supports the Elemental Communications team by stewarding project rollout and execution, facilitating cross-team collaboration, and building tools and efficiencies for increased reach and impact.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Prior to joining Elemental, Melissa directed communications at Food System 6 Accelerator and worked hand-in-hand as a communications coach for startups reimagining sustainable food and agriculture. She has worked as a food writer, an editor, and an educator – designing and implementing nutrition education for some of the world’s leading brands, and partnering with global and local non-profits to rewrite the story of sustainability.

Outside of the office

A word-nerd and list-enthusiast at heart, Melissa is passionate about grocery shopping, eating all the food in her fridge even when the meals get weird, and doing too much research about everything. On the weekends, you can find Melissa out on the farm hanging with her chickens or slowly walking not very far with her very old dog, Wood.