Melissa Estok is a Principal at Albright Stonebridge Group, part of Dentons Global Advisors. She leads the firm’s sustainability team. In that role, she provides advice and assistance to foundations, nonprofits, and corporations on stakeholder engagement, partnership and coalition building, and strategy alignment for local markets.
Ms. Estok has more than 25 years of experience designing partnerships between public, private and nonprofit entities to promote development, democracy, and human rights. As Senior Advisor to the National Democratic Institute (NDI), she lived and worked in post-conflict environments, transitional democracies, and countries governed by hybrid regimes in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Her work included pioneering initiatives to increase participation of marginalized groups, including women and indigenous peoples, and digital identification in conflict societies.
Ms. Estok is the co-author of NDI’s seminal election-monitoring tool, The Quick Count and Election Monitoring: An NDI Guide for Civic Organizations and Political Parties. She began her career with the Peace Corps in Honduras, where she served four years promoting literacy and community development.
She earned a M.A. in Counseling from Marymount University and a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from John Carroll University.