Melissa Pranger McConnell began her PR career at Vanity Fair magazine and when its editor-in-chief, Tina Brown, left to head The New Yorker, Melissa went with her and publicized the magazine’s articles, writers and artists. At the suggestion of the photographer Richard Avedon, she became the Director of Publicity and Special Projects at the Aperture Foundation promoting its famous quarterly magazine and highly-acclaimed photography books.
In 2000, Melissa moved to London where she directed the media relations and editorial marketing for the UK edition of InStyle magazine. She returned to the United States in 2009 and in Washington DC led the publicity efforts for books published by the Brookings Institution. She successfully got widespread media attention for titles on such topics as foreign and domestic policy, national security, economics, climate change and governance.
A graduate of Brown University, Melissa has lived in Boston (where she interned for Senator Ted Kennedy’s arts-in-public schools program), New York City, London and is now in Washington DC. An author herself, she penned a novel, “Evidence of Love,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and her second book will be out in 2022.