Melissa Dabi

Melissa is a Senior Associate with Lawson Associates. Inc. and has over 20 years of leadership experience in both the for profit and non-profit sectors that has equipped her to serve the philanthropic development needs of our clients. Her national and international experience includes:


  • Executive Management

    • Managing For-Profit & Non-Profit Organizations

    • Leadership Training and Development

    • Vision Casting and Strategic Planning

    • Program Development

    • Back Office Operations

    • Stewardship

  • Business Development

    • Major Gifts

    • Corporate Giving

    • Development and Donor Engagement

    • Marketing Strategies and Promotional Campaigns

    • Strategic Partnerships

    • Fundraising Event Management

    • Grant Management


Melissa began this journey as a Business Manager with Johnson Sales developing and managing their national operational infrastructure before moving on to St. Matthew, a faith-based organization, to develop and manage their national and international community outreach programs.  Subsequent to St. Matthew, Melissa became the Executive Director for l117, an international nonprofit organization, where she managed all operational and fund raising activities that included building local and international partnerships, incubating new start-up nonprofits, and multiple fundraising initiatives.


Melissa expanded her fundraising experience by becoming the Director of Operations and Business Development for Donorworx, a face to face fundraising organization that partnered with 22 charities and connected them with over 135,000 donors with a 90% retention rate after 4 months.


Melissa has a passion for serving the most vulnerable of us and they are women and children. She has served at homeless shelters, spent time in Mexico building a housing ministry, and lived in Ethiopia building infrastructures for villages. She has created training and leadership programs, economic development programs for charities, and has increased awareness and empowerment for women and children. She is an adventurist and loves being outdoors on the trails hiking or mountain biking.

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