Staff & Faculty
Assistant Dean, Center for Social Value Creation & Office of Global Programs
Melissa Carrier joined the Smith School after a decade of managing growth
strategies for technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage
start-ups. She brings broad experience across corporate and product-line
positions in multiple industries. During her tenure at the Dingman Center for
Entrepreneurship, Melissa grew the Capital Access Network angel investor program
into a leading regional investor group. Melissa also created the Social Venture
Consulting Program which has served more than 450 students and 120 organizations
since its inception. In 2009, Melissa designed and launched the Center for
Social Value Creation. She is responsible for the center's strategic direction
across curricula, cocurricular, and research platforms. :: show more
Melissa arrived from AT&T, where she served as an M&A group manager for AT&T
Corporate Development division. While at AT&T, she led investments for the
company's corporate venture fund. In this role, Melissa had responsibility for
developing the investment pipeline, analyzing financial data, performing on-site
due diligence, and executing deals. During her tenure at AT&T, she also served
as the product manager lead for the wireless data platform as well as manager of
strategy and business development for AT&T Consumer Services.
Melissa began her career as a process consultant for Andersen Consulting (now
Accenture). During this time, she worked with U.S. and European clients on
business process design and ERP system implementations. Subsequently, she served
as a director at two startup technology companies focused on internet
business-to-business strategies. Immediately prior to obtaining her MBA, Melissa
led strategic development of core processes for SAP's Global Solution Center.
Melissa teaches social entrepreneurship and sustainable systems to MBA and
Undergraduate students. She is the faculty champion for the Social Innovation
Fellows program and Assistant Dean of Global Programs.
Melissa received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University
and an MBA with honors in finance and strategic management from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her husband,
three boys, and a flat-coated retriever in Potomac, MD.
Assistant Director, Marketing & Sustainability
Robertella joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2011 and
brings five years’ experience marketing renewable energy for start-ups
and large-scale renewable energy developers. After building expertise in
graphic design and communications, Kim shifted her focus to building
technical knowledge in environmental sustainability. She left the
renewable energy industry in 2009 to earn a dual MS in sustainable
environmental resource management and integrated science and technology
from James Madison University and the University of Malta. :: show more
At Smith, Kim manages the design and production of CSVC’s annual
event, the Social Enterprise Symposium, and oversees the center’s
marketing and brand-building strategy. She also serves as the center’s
resident sustainability specialist and is working on developing new
offerings in this space.
Kim received a BS in business management from the Smeal College of Business
at Penn State University, with a concentration in global business strategies for
the earth, energy, and materials industries. During graduate school Kim served
as a member of the academic development team for James Madison University and
the University of Malta, and was elected student representative.
She is currently a Marylander-in-training after having recently lived in the
Mediterranean, Charlotte and the Philadelphia area. She enjoys playing outside,
live music and learning.
The Center for Social Value Creation exists across disciplines and faculty
leadership from each department is essential to delivering on cutting-edge
thought leadership from the business spectrum.