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Melissa Shetler

Senior Training & Education Associate, Climate Jobs Institute

Shetler is a Senior Training & Education Associate at the Cornell ILR Climate Jobs Institute.

Shetler began her labor career as a community organizer with the Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund, working to build multi-stakeholder coalitions to ensure quality and labor standards in affordable housing. She was the Director of Organizing and later Political Director for the Ironworkers Local 46, and served as the Executive Director of Pathways to Apprenticeship, a direct entry pre-apprenticeship program focused on union career opportunities for residents of public housing and justice-involved individuals.

Melissa is a program presenter for Michigan State University’s Building Trades Academy where she teaches strategic organizing. She has an M.A. in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Empire State College.