Our Staff

Traci Rossi

Executive Director

Traci has spent her career in service to women and emerging student leaders. Prior to joining the Center, Traci led Innovative Changes, which provides financial knowledge, products and services to overlooked and underserved communities, including women and communities of color. Prior to that role, she was vice president for programs at the “I  Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon, where she built out then led the first Dreamer School in the country.


Melissa Boomer

Program and Communications Director

Melissa first came to the Center in 2015 as an NLO participant. Prior to joining the Center, Melissa was a Financial Coach where her primary goal was to empower college students to make healthy financial decisions. Prior to that she was a full-time student and recently graduated with a BS in Urban and Public Affairs. She is dedicated to supporting emerging leaders, creating community, and inspiring sustainable social change. 

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”
— Maya Angelou