As an Executive-in-Residence at Summit Partners, Melanie works alongside the Summit team to identify new investment opportunities in high-growth consumer and specialty retail brands and to serve as an advisor to Summit.
Melanie brings more than 20 years of experience in building consumer brands in industries ripe for disruption, with a focus on companies that thrive on unique consumer experiences and shared community.
Most recently, Melanie was CEO of SoulCycle. She joined SoulCycle in 2012 as COO and spent three years building and leading the operation before her promotion to CEO in 2015. Under her direction, SoulCycle grew from eight NYC-based studios to nearly 100 studios in 18 markets across three countries. Over the last two years, she led the company's diversification efforts, which included expanding the retail business through launch of a vertically-integrated, direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform and building a media division to drive audience and revenue growth strategies, including a 24/7 SiriusXM channel.
Prior to joining SoulCycle, Melanie led Business Development for Equinox where she was part of a team that executed a multi-brand strategy with the U.S. launch of Pure Yoga, the creation of Blink Fitness and the acquisition of SoulCycle. Earlier in her career, she was a member of the founding team of Richard Branson's U.S. air carrier Virgin America and worked in corporate development at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Melanie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chegg, the publicly traded education learning company, and the GO Project, a non-profit focused on education inequity in New York.
Melanie holds a BA in engineering and economics from Brown University, and she is a member of the 2018 class of Henry Crown Fellows with the Aspen Institute.