Melissa Weisse, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Melissa Weisse is respected for her excellence in stewarding individuals, foundations and corporations into the world of benevolent opportunities available at Leader Dogs for the Blind. Weisse positions the organization to increase contributions and mission awareness through complex strategic planning and procedures. Her passionate work enables Leader Dog to grow and continue to offer state-of-the-art programs for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Since her arrival at Leader Dog, Weisse has increased grant funding, dramatically increased special event fundraising, achieved 100% board giving, secured large corporate donations, and refined the Board Philanthropy Committee to provide oversight.
Weisse was promoted to chief philanthropy officer from her position as director of philanthropy here at Leader Dogs for the Blind. She has raised a Future Leader Dog, Mochi, who is now a working Leader Dog in Madrid, Spain, and has adopted Granger, who is a retired Leader Dog.
Prior to coming to Leader Dog, Weisse was a private client advisor at Christie's, London, and has worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Washington DC. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and French and holds a master's degree from the University of Glasgow in Art Business and History. Weisse is a graduate of fundraising management programs at both Indiana University and Georgetown University.