Melissa Fitzgerald

West Wing Actress and Activist

Melissa Fitzgerald is an award-winning actor, producer and social activist. Her acting career has included film, theater and television credits. She is best known for playing Carol on The West Wing and currently stars on the series Chasing the Hill.

Throughout her life, Melissa has dedicated herself to community service and outreach. In 1995, she co-founded Voices in Harmony, a nonprofit youth arts organization committed to empowering at-risk teens by cultivating personal, academic and artistic excellence.

Melissa served as a goodwill ambassador and board member for the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC), and traveled to South Africa as an IAPAC volunteer.

Melissa is currently involved in advocating for peace in northern Uganda and Central Africa and has spoken to groups all over the United States and on Capitol Hill.  In 2006, Melissa traveled to northern Uganda as an International Medical Corps volunteer to work with IMC’s gender-based violence program and with malnourished children. She later produced Hope Not Lost, an award-winning short film on her experience. In 2007, she traveled back to northern Uganda as the producer of the award-winning feature film After Kony-Staging Hope, a documentary that follows Voices in Harmony as they take their unique theater program to northern Uganda.

Melissa represented the International Medical Corps at the Live 8 Concert and the G8 Summit as part of the ONE Campaign to end poverty. Major media coverage of Melissa’s work with the ONE Campaign has appeared in outlets including BBC Radio, CNBC, CNN, NBC, People and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Melissa has served as a spokesperson for Environmental Alliance, a political organization that educates voters about environmental issues. She has also served as a guest teacher for Teach For America.

Melissa won a New York Times writing contest, "Your Turn to Tell the Story," sponsored by Nicholas Kristof.  She has written pieces for the Huffington Post, the New York Times and the book The Enough Moment, by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle.  She is a regular guest on Stephanie Miller’s political radio and television show, Talking Liberally.

Melissa received her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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