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Melissa PardiMelissa Pardi

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Melissa Pardi (Schiller) is an innovative philanthropic leader in the sports industry. As Director of Community Relations at the NFL, she leverages the League’s platform to raise awareness, inspire engagement and make an impact throughout communities across the country.  In this role, she oversees the League’s core corporate social responsibility strategy and national partnerships.  She also leads her team in developing and directing  community impact plans and engagement events around the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and NFL Draft each year.

Outside of her position with the NFL, Mrs. Pardi's passion and commitment lies with youth-focused charitable organizations where she volunteers her time. In 2014, she was introduced to a non-profit that provides orphan care and education to children in Haiti and has since traveled to Haiti 25+ times.  In addition, Mrs. Pardi serves on the Associate Board of Covenant House New York – an organization committed to the life-saving  work of serving youth experiencing homelessness, the Advisory Panel for Beyond Sport – an organization supporting sustainable social change  through sport, and the Pat Tillman Foundation Selection Committee – which invests in military veterans through academic scholarships.

Mrs. Pardi earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and in Spanish from Pennsylvania State University. In 2016, she earned an Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from the George Washington University School of Business. She resides in New York City and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from the NYU Stern School of Business. Mrs. Pardi was recently named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 List and received Penn State College of Liberal Arts inaugural “Outstanding Young Alumni Award” in 2019.