Melissa Greenwood is a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr (Salt Water People), Dunghutti and Bundjalung people of NSW with Welsh origins. Most recently, she was a Koorie Engagement Support Officer for the Department of Education and Training, where she contributed to the Early Years and Education Strategy for Koorie students.
Prior to this, Melissa was the Indigenous Lead at the AFL Managing National Indigenous Programs, and Director of Koori Youth Leadership Programs for the YMCA in partnership with the Korin Gamadji Institute. She has also worked closely with Stolen Generation survivors and their families. This is something Melissa is passionate about, as her own mother is a survivor.
Melissa holds a Diploma in Justice Studies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a Bachelor in Justice Studies, and has completed an Intensive Leadership Mentor Training as well as Winangali Marumali accredited training to help heal specific types of trauma suffered as a result of removal. She says the ocean is a healing place for her and that she connects with culture through dreaming stories, dot painting and basket weaving, all things that her mother has passed down to her.