The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Melissa James ’10

Melissa James is President and CEO of The Tech Connection, the premier marketplace for purpose driven, diverse technical talent. Her mission is to help people reach their highest potential by accelerating their individual pathway to success. She has a strong track record of building high performing teams for elite companies such as Google, RA Capital, Teradata, and Sample6.

At the root of her work is a passion for community service. On top of running her business, Melissa is also the founder of the first ever Black Tech Boston Meetup, a platform to celebrate and introduce the impact of technology within African American communities. She previously served on the board for Youth Institute of Science and Technology and the Young Black Women's Society. Melissa has been recognized as "Woman on The Move" by Boston Business Journal. She recently received the U.S. Presidential Service Award for her relentless commitment to the community. Melissa graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.