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Melissa Richardson Banks is known for producing successful corporate-nonprofit partnerships tied to cause marketing. Since 1989, she has raised over $45 million and provided professional services to numerous companies, charities, and celebrities, including City National BankToyota Financial ServicesTarget CorporationCheech MarinMelrose Trading PostLos Angeles Education PartnershipPlaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education, and many more. Previously, she worked for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles where she successfully started an inaugural corporate partnership program in support of the Los Angeles Public Library. She also launched a major exhibitions program at Central Library, resulting in almost 30 major gallery showsfor which she managed project teams, raised funding, and provided professional services such as sponsorship, marketing, community outreach, special events, volunteer engagement, contract negotiation, and budget management. She formerly worked at the Autry National Center where she launched an integrated marketing/sponsorship program to support exhibitions, festivals, and other cultural events; and at Texas A&M University where she managed an international executive education program as well as administered and funded programs affiliated with statewide business-school partnerships. Prior to the nonprofit arena, she worked in corporate sales, marketing, and Hispanic market research. She holds a B.A. in journalism and communication studies from Texas State University and a master’s degree (and Ph.D. coursework) in educational administration with an emphasis on business and finance from Texas A&M University.