Melanie Lemmon

Melanie Lemmon


  • Thomas Aquinas College, Liberal Arts
  • San Francisco State, BA History, Minor in Philosophy
  • UCLA, Teaching Certificate and Masters in Education


  • Art teacher for Montrose Academy in Boston, (1984-85)
  • Program Director for Association for Educational Development (1985 ongoing)
  • Director of Pathfinder Leadership Camps, Los Angeles (2000-2012)
  • Director of Sierra Stars Leadership Camp, Northern California (2012-16)
  • Taught grades 3-6th in public schools in Los Angeles, (1991- 2001)
  • Trained in and gave workshops on “The Writing Project”, (1994-1996)
  • Master Teacher, (1994-2000)
  • Director of Westfield Residence: student housing near UCLA, 2005-2011
  • Teacher at Live Oak Academy: Language Arts, History, Fine Arts, 2010-
  • Founder and Executive Director of ChallengeHER, a leadership program for middle-high school girls, 2011-2016. Founder and Director of ChallengeHer Moms, ongoing.


  • Coordinate women’s seminars in the greater Los Angeles area and in the Bay area.
  • Resource for Leadership Clubs throughout California for girls, grades 2-9.
  • Organized service projects in Mexico with high school girls, went on World Youth Days in Denver and Rome with groups of young people.
  • Direct a Women’s Leadership Board for ChallengHerMoms and Mother Exchange, ongoing.


  • Love sports especially tennis, hiking, snow and water skiing, camping, and all things outdoors.
  • I have six siblings and incredible parents; a lawyer and an artist