Melissa Walsh is Senior Director, Global Philanthropy, AbbVie, and Vice President, The AbbVie Foundation. In this capacity, she advances AbbVie’s commitment to have a remarkable impact on lives around the world by leading the company and its foundations’ global philanthropic programs, totaling $970 million in 2014.
Throughout her career, Melissa has worked to solve issues surrounding health care access, quality and coverage for patients. She joined AbbVie as Regional Director, State Government Affairs in the Northeast, leading state, regulatory and policy activities impacting biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Previously, Melissa served as Chief Operating Officer at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, developing and implementing the state’s one billion dollar Life Sciences Initiative. As a Government Relations Associate with Partners Healthcare, Melissa worked to craft and pass Massachusetts’s landmark healthcare reform law. A lawyer, Melissa began her career as a litigator in private practice. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Connecticut and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Melissa is an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors with the Arthritis Foundation New England Region.