Melanie Willoughby is the former Chief Government Affairs Officer of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), where she leads a highly respected lobbying team, fighting for pro-business policies in the legislature as well as workforce development and innovation. She is the founder and co-chair of the InnovationNJ Coalition, which promotes innovation collaboration between business and higher education. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, where she chairs the NJ Employability Skills Task Force, and in 2004, she was appointed to the NJ Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Commission, where she is currently Vice Chair. Melanie is also actively involved in the Rutgers College Alumni Association, Junior Achievement, and the New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus. She is a Rutgers University Eagleton Institute Visiting Fellow and has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College. Melanie joined Isles' Board of Trustees in 2017.