Melissa Appleton

Melissa Appleton

Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

Melissa manages the implementation of PB projects and innovations on the East Coast. With over eight years of experience supporting group and inter-personal dialogue as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer at the largest community mediation organization in the US (New York Peace Institute), she brings a passion for collective decision-making to participatory budgeting. Melissa is happy to be supporting group deliberation with diverse communities more locally after doing conflict resolution work internationally in Timor-Leste, Kosovo, and Israel. She received a graduate degree in Peace Education from Columbia University and, though a proud Vancouver native, has called New York City home for over 11 years.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Because systems are broken and people don’t trust government. Unless people see real alternatives, they will continue to be apathetic and disengaged.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

Hundreds of people who believe we can do better.