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Biography of Dr. Melissa Álvarez Mangual, Ed.D., PCC, CDE

Melissa Álvarez Mangual, Ed.D. has been driving and leading learning and organizational development efforts that place inclusion and equity in the center for over 20 years in non-profit organizations. She has worked in organizations like The Posse Foundation, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University, Habitat for Humanity International, Eastern Florida State College, and The Nature Conservancy.


Melissa established Thriven Partners, LLC to cultivate bravery and strategic action in people to be inclusive and equitable leaders who shift organizational culture, practices, and systems through executive and leadership coaching. She specializes in coaching leaders to lead inclusively & equitably, with emotional intelligence, so they achieve or exceed their goals; BIPOC and womxn leaders to navigate the complexity of identity in the workplace and achieve their personal and professional goals; and leaders who are parents working to balance career ambition and passion while being present and engaged with their children.


Melissa has a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.  She earned certificates in Executive and Change Leadership from Cornell University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed by the International Coaching Federation, a certified business coach, Associate Diversity Coach (ADC), Certified Mentor Coach (CMC), and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE®). Melissa is an Executive Service Corps board member and five star Executive Coach.

Anonymous feedback form comments from Melissa's recent Executive Service Corps clients stated:

  • "Melissa's strategic coaching has transformed my relationship with my colleagues and my mindset. She is honest, thoughtful, and able to identify future hurdles. I am thankful to the Executive Service Corps for introducing me to Melissa and for Melissa's unparalleled guidance."

  • "Melissa and the Executive Service Corps are extraordinary. I recommend them to everyone. I can't wait to be able to work with them again."

Melissa is on LinkedIn at

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