Melissa Kham

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

An accomplished fundraising professional with nearly 20 years of experience, Melissa brings expertise in major gifts, corporate partnerships, foundation giving, membership, strategic planning, and special events. She has held senior positions at several non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, including Alzheimer’s Los Angeles and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).

Before joining our team, Melissa served as the Vice President of Strategic Relations for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) since 2021. At LAEDC, a nonprofit membership organization that provides economic research, business assistance, and workforce development for small businesses, Melissa oversaw membership revenue, events, grants, marketing and communications, policy, and external relations. She was responsible for fundraising and maintaining positive relationships with 180+ member organizations in the business, government, education, and philanthropy sectors. Melissa also led the organization’s strategic planning and external relations strategy.

Before her tenure at the LAEDC, Melissa was the Sr. Director of Giving and Strategy at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) from 2016 to 2020. At PATH, Melissa successfully expanded the development and communications team from six to 14 members. She also spearheaded efforts to increase private funding, with a specific focus on foundation, corporate, and individual donors. In addition to managing a government grants and contracts portfolio worth $70 million, Melissa secured and managed an additional $5 million in private philanthropy.

Melissa began her nonprofit development career with Southern California Grantmakers. She serves on the board of Community Foundation of the Valley and Alzheimer’s Los Angeles and is an active Association of Fundraising Professionals member. A native Angeleno, Melissa has deep roots in the diverse communities served by LFLA and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Cal State Northridge and an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Chicana/o Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

Leadership

Stacy Lieberman
PRESIDENT & CEO
Melissa Kham
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Shawn Rubin
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER