The National Center for Construction Education and Research
Melissa Perkins, director of philanthropy and partnerships,The National Center for Construction Education and Research

NCCER Names Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships

May 19, 2023
Dr. Melissa L. Perkins has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and communications.


The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) hired Dr. Melissa L. Perkins, CFRE, as the director of philanthropy and partnerships. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NCCER relies on philanthropic investments from corporations, foundations and individuals to advance its mission. The need to provide rigorous and relevant workforce development solutions for the construction industry is central to economic growth in this country.

“We are extremely excited to have such a distinguished and experienced philanthropic leader join our team to help us identify and market opportunities for philanthropic partnerships to expand our impact on the construction industry,” said NCCER President and CEO Boyd Worsham.

Perkins’ role will build on the important work that has already been done to build a successful workforce of diverse individuals whose lives were improved through construction education. She will work with like-minded supporters to grow the reach of NCCER’s programs and impact through financial support.

A certified fundraising executive (CFRE) with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and communications, Perkins began her career at Pomfret School in Connecticut. There she grew increased philanthropic revenue by 122% funding operational, capital, estate and endowment initiatives. She expanded her work to Girl Scouts of Connecticut in 2019, where she served as chief marketing and revenue officer.

In 2021, Perkins moved to Florida and launched Transformation. Together. 2026.; the first capital campaign for Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami. At Gulliver, she increased annual giving by 106% and raised more than $12 million in capital support.

Throughout her career, Perkins has led fundraising and communications teams to think creatively about the role philanthropy can play in supporting the mission of a nonprofit organization. In 2021, she published “The Viability of Venture Philanthropy in a Nonprofit Organization,” her doctoral dissertation that explores opportunities for nonprofit organizations to expand revenue streams through mission-related businesses.