Melanie Ortel

Melanie Ortel currently directs external affairs, public relations, and philanthropy for Verizon Wireless. She has served and supported several social issues initiatives and organizations, including Governor’s Anti- Substance Abuse Commission, the Governors Cancer Prevention Program, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center of Northeastern Baltimore County, and Maryland‘s Tobacco Retailers Education and Compliance Program, and Maryland’s Drug-Free Workplace Initiative which was adopted by major employers throughout the State.

Prior to joining Verizon Wireless in 2009, Ms. Ortel served as Vice President and COO of Johns Hopkins Medicine Foundation and was the owner/principal of Ortel Associates, a business development, marketing and public relations firm consulting a diverse client portfolio including technology, finance, higher education, healthcare, government, real estate, the arts and non-profit clients.