Melissa Kushner founded goods for good in 2006 with a vision that every child in the world deserves the opportunity to achieve. Initially a charity-based model relying on the distribution of excess goods, in 2012, Melissa executed the transformation of the goods for good program model into sustainable, locally-focused businesses that support orphans in rural villages throughout Malawi. By utilizing a microenterprise model, Melissa has helped goods for good develop ten small businesses that generate income to fund education, health, and nutrition programs for nearly 80,000 orphans and vulnerable children. These businesses, which currently include chicken farms and tailoring co-ops, create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and ensure Malawi’s children have the opportunity to thrive.
Melissa was included on the Empact100 list, named an Amercian Express NGen Fellow, awarded the Young Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and received the Torch Award and Distinguished Young Alumna Award from New York University. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, USA Today, and Elle, was featured on NBC’s Nightly News, and has presented at the TEDx Atlanta Conference.
Melissa received her Masters in Public Administration from New York University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.