Melissa Davis

Melissa Milios Davis is Vice President, Informed Communities at the Gates Family Foundation of Denver, which supports a number of Colorado’s public media and digital startup outlets. Recently Gates partnered with Denver University’s Project X-ITE to launch the Colorado Media Project (, which aims to galvanize community support for local journalism and help local newsrooms evolve to meet the news, information, and civic engagement needs of Coloradans in the digital age.

Prior to Gates, Melissa spent a decade in nonprofit communications, public policy and fundraising. She also spent over a decade in journalism, as a reporter covering education at the Daily Breeze newspaper; a production intern for the Voice of America in London, both L.A.-area NPR stations (KCRW and KPCC), and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; and an online news content producer for the Austin American-Statesman and a sister site in San Antonio.

Melissa holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California.