Melissa Tillman


Melissa Tillman


Chief Development and Communications Officer




Melissa Tillman is the Chief Development and Communications Officer at the Downtown Women’s Center, where she’s responsible for securing funds to support a $9M annual operating budget through major gifts, special events, annual campaigns, corporation/foundation relations, government grants, planned giving, and donor relations, as well as supporting public communications efforts and a robust volunteer program.

Previously, Melissa served as a Fund Development Consultant helping to align nonprofit organizations with opportunities for growth by mobilizing networks to build awareness, raise revenue, and create change. In her previous role as VP of Development at Aviva Family and Children’s Services, Melissa elevated giving from private foundations and implemented new fundraising strategies.

Melissa holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the American Jewish University, where she was awarded the School for Nonprofit Management Academic Achievement Award, and has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Communications.

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World travel, hiking trails in Los Angeles, musicians

Proudest Moment Working for DWC

When one of the Board Members and I took a new donor on a tour of DWC so they could experience our work first-hand. The donor witnessed the Day Center and Women’s Health Clinic in action, met with a resident, enjoyed coffee in the MADE by DWC Café, and was so moved by our programs and services, she decide to make a significant contribution in support of our work.