Melanie Claxton has been named Senior Program Officer of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. She will join the Foundation on June 3, 2021 and will oversee the Foundation’s grants programs in education. As the Coordinator, Out-of- School Time, for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Ms. Claxton implemented flexible policies that adapted to the needs of those served, specifically in informal learning environments. Ms. Claxton has led national sessions on implementing evidence-based, high-quality summer learning programs and continues to push for the advancement and extension of quality learning opportunities for youth.
Ms. Claxton is currently Co-Chair Elect of the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA), a committee member of the Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) Executive Committee, a grant making committee member of the Three Rivers Community Foundation, and a co-founder of Benevine.