About Melisa Diaz
Melisa provides clients with guidance on a range of diversity efforts and media relations. She is a former Senior Account Director at TMG Strategies, a premier communications consulting firm providing strategic counsel to Fortune 500 companies, universities, government agencies, law firms and non-profit organizations. Furthermore, throughout her career of over 15 years in the communications field, she has served as spokesperson for Hispanic Media for several organizations within the Democratic Party.
During the 2004 Presidential Election, Diaz was Director of Hispanic Media for the Democratic National Committee, serving as DNC National spokesperson for Hispanic Media. As part of her duties, she was regularly on-the-air on Spanish-language television and radio. Also, she managed Spanish-language media in Boston for Election Night and developed and managed Spanish-language and Hispanic Media strategy for the Democratic Response to the GOP Convention in New York City.
Before joining the DNC, Diaz was the Washington Correspondent for El Vocero, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper, covering National politics and other relevant developments in the Nation’s capital on a daily basis. Previously, she served as Communications Director for Congressman José Serrano (D-NY), where she developed and implemented communications strategies for the Congressman, member of the prestigious Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives.
Earlier, Diaz served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Democratic Caucus, where she was the Spokesperson for the Hispanic media as well as provided guidance to Democratic Members in
developing message strategies and planning events for the Hispanic community in their districts. Furthermore, she served as Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), where she was on-the-record spokesperson to National and local Hispanic media and advised Democratic Congressional Candidates with 5% or more Hispanic population on message development, communications and outreach strategies. In 1997, she co-directed outreach to Hispanic leaders and elected officials for President William J. Clinton’s second Inaugural. In addition, she provided advice to the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Committee on coordination of Inaugural events and activities for the Latino Community and served as spokesperson for Hispanic media.
At the international level, Diaz has been a trainer/presenter numerous times on several subjects related to Communications and Politics in the United States and Latin America. She is an Associate Consultant for the Inter American Center of Political Management. In addition, she is an Alumnus of the Political Leadership Program of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), representing the Democratic Party in 2000. In 2004, she was Vice President of the Steering Committee of the 3rd Annual NDI Alumni Summit in Denver, Colorado. In 2002 she was selected for the “Young Hispanic Leaders Program” of the Embassy of Spain. Also, she has been a member of election observer delegations in Mexico in 2000 and 2002.
She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a BA in Public Communications (Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She is also a Member of the American Translators Association.