Meet our Executive Director

Melanie Thornton has been Executive Director of MVP since May 2022.


Melanie is an award-winning communications professional with over 20 years of cross-sector experience working with federal, state, and local governments, as well as nonprofits.


In her previous role, she was the Director of Public Relations for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) system, where she built the Library’s brand image and social media presence. She also worked as part of a team to open three new libraries, including the Madison Public Library. Her efforts in promoting the Library landed the HMCPL in national publications, including the U.S. News and World Report and the Library Journal.


She has worked in numerous community roles, both in a professional capacity and as a volunteer. Her passion for community building can be traced back to her roots, growing up in a small town in South Louisiana. She worked directly on recovery of the region after Hurricane Katrina by acting as an ambassador of the State of Louisiana and representing the tourism industry, the region’s second-largest economic driver.


She uses her volunteer time to empower women through mentorship and education by serving on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Economic Development Council and the Christian Job Corps. She is an alumna of the Alabama Leadership Initiative and a former committee member of the Alabama Bicentennial.


She and her husband Jeff settled in Madison in 2017 after Jeff retired from the United States Coast Guard. They have two sons, who attend Madison City Schools.