Meet our President

Melinda Scott, JLF President 2017 – 2018

Melinda Scott joined Junior League of Richmond (JLR) in 2009 and transferred to Junior League of Fresno (JLF) in 2013. Since joining JLF, Melinda has served on the Girl Power (mentors) and Communications committees, and has been Chair of Impact Fresno (done-in-a-day service committee). Melinda’s tenure on the Board of Directors began in 2015 as Recording & Corresponding Secretary. Melinda is honored to serve as President during the 2017-2018 League year.

Melinda was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in the Los Angeles area where she attended Marlborough School. Melinda earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Richmond, where she majored in Theatre and minored Women’s Studies.

During her 14 years living in Virginia, Melinda designed and developed the 335-seat Sara Belle November Theater at Westminster Canterbury Richmond retirement community. The theater offered lectures, events, and an extensive professional performing arts series designed for older adults.

From 2007-2010, Melinda was the Statewide Coordinator of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts. In the spring of 2010, the Virginia cultural community (over 300 cultural organizations and countless artists) celebrated with more than 10,000 performances, exhibitions, readings and films on the theme of Women in the Arts. This first-ever Virginia celebration was a public/private partnership involving state government, business corporations, not-for-profits, and individuals.

As a volunteer with Junior League of Richmond, Melinda served as Chair Elect and Chair of their Junior Book & Author program to promote literacy in Richmond-area middle schools. This experience working with middle school students, young adult authors, and with English teachers influenced Melinda’s decision to become an English teacher when she relocated to Fresno.  

Melinda earned her teaching credential through California State University Fresno’s Internship Program and is an English teacher at Central High School (East). She is an active member of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project. She served on the Board of Directors of Creative Fresno from 2013 – 2016.

Outside of work and volunteering, Melinda enjoys spending time with her Grandma and with her friends. Her hobbies include reading, journaling, and going to the movies.