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Melissa Phillips has been named vice president of philanthropy for The Immokalee Foundation.

In the role, Phillips primary focus is on the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and planned gifts. Additionally, as the vice president of philanthropy, Phillips will help develop and implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with major donors.

With more than 20 years of experience in the humanitarian arena and a proven track record of raising over $100 million in Collier County, Phillips most recently served as the executive director of The Erin Brockovich Foundation. Previously, she began her career as a social worker on a medical floor at a hospital, followed by a position within the mental health crisis unit; and also worked in private practice as a family therapist. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University.

“Melissa’s strong fundraising and nonprofit experience, along with her commitment to community involvement on behalf of The Immokalee Foundation, will expand our efforts and capabilities to ensure a brighter future for Immokalee students,” said Noemi Y. Perez, The Immokalee Foundation’s executive director.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, becoming a mentor, its signature events, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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