Melissa Varga is Science Network community and partnerships manager with the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. She manages the online community for the Science Network, a group of nearly 24,000 scientists and technical experts interested in science advocacy, which offers its members resources, trainings, webinars, and opportunities to get involved in the issues they care about. In her role, Melissa oversees the development of skills-based trainings and resources, works to identify leadership development opportunities for members, manages the Science Network’s social media and web presence, and analyzes program performance. She also manages partnership development for the Science Network, along with Center for Science and Democracy work on scientist-community partnerships, bringing together underrepresented groups and local scientists. Prior to joining UCS, Melissa was candidate outreach manager of the Candidate Project at the New Organizing Institute, where she helped train and provide online resources for citizens across the country who were running for local office. She earned an MA in political management from The George Washington University, and BA in English and political science from Marietta College.