Melissa Weiler Gerber, President & CEO, AccessMatters
Since August 2010, Melissa Weiler Gerber has served as the President & CEO of AccessMatters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. AccessMatters advances sexual and reproductive health outcomes to promote health equity for individuals, families and communities. Through research, training, delivery of evidence-based programs, community engagement and advocacy, AccessMatters is transforming access to sexual and reproductive health. During her tenure, Melissa has led the organization through a far-reaching strategic planning, restructuring and rebranding process to proactively position the 40+ year old agency for a new health care and public health funding environment.
Prior to joining AccessMatters, Melissa served for over a decade as the Executive Director of WOMEN’S WAY, a non-profit organization that raises money and public awareness to fight for and achieve women’s equality, safety, self-sufficiency and reproductive freedom through women-centered funding, advocacy and education. A lawyer by training, Melissa also served as the Senior Staff Attorney at the Homeless Advocacy Project and began her career as an Associate at the law firm of Morgan Lewis specializing in healthcare and insurance regulatory matters.
Melissa has been active in many community organizations. Currently she serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Hahnemann University Hospital, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Family Planning Councils of America, and on the Boards of the Committee of Seventy and Forum of Executive Women.
Melissa graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in History. She earned a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Melissa enjoys living, working and playing in the City of Philadelphia where she is raising her two children, Bea and Oscar.