S. Melody Frierson is project manager for New America’s Millennial Public Policy Fellowship, which seeks to create opportunities for promising young adults to deepen their engagement with public policy and advance solutions to challenges facing their generation. In addition to designing programing for and managing the day-to-day operations of the Millennial Fellowship, Frierson conducts policy research that explores how an intersectional and generational perspective informs social policy reform efforts.
Prior to joining New America, Frierson served as youth engagement coordinator at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in Oxford, Miss. At the Winter Institute, she created, refined, and directed several programs, including the Summer Youth Institute—a nine-day experiential learning program for Mississippi high school students that uses local civil rights history to understand non-traditional forms of leadership and civil engagement. As a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, Frierson worked at the Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition (JRC), a Los Angeles-based Black LGBTQ political advocacy non-profit organization.
Frierson holds a M.A. degree from UCLA in Afro-American studies, and B.A. degrees from the University of Mississippi in African American studies and psychology/gender studies.