Melvin Washington II

Melvin Washington II

Program Management Lead, Technology and Racial Equity, Studio

"My goal is to contribute to the creation of a more sustainable and equitable society by working across disciplines to help marginalized communities thrive."


Partnerships, Racial Equity Strategy, Community Development and Engagement, Science and Technology Policy, Program Management


Melvin is the Program Management Lead for Studio’s technology and racial equity initiative, which leverages its technological resources to advance racial equity and economic growth for communities of color. He builds strategy, identifies partnerships, and coordinates to drive collaboration. Melvin is passionate about enhancing the well-being of Black and Brown communities and believes that multidisciplinary partnerships are necessary for them to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Before joining Citi Melvin was an Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice. He worked with researchers, community-based organizations, and local governments to develop strategies to reduce jail incarceration, enhance racial equity, and strengthen community engagement. He has also worked as a presidential appointee in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, focusing on agricultural science policy and economic development.

Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Melvin earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Michigan. When he’s not at work, Melvin can be found biking, dancing, or watching sci-fi.