Museum of Discovery
Melissa Stiles, chief development officer for the Museum of Discovery, is a fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience. She joined the museum in February 2022 and enjoys working with donors who are passionate about the organization, its programs, and educational offerings. Melissa began her career at St. Vincent Foundation and, throughout her time in the field, has had the opportunity of working with donors who support arts/culture, healthcare, and children’s organization.
Melissa’s experience includes two successful capital campaigns, numerous successful major gift programs and events as well as planned giving programs and initiatives. What she most enjoys is working with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals.
As a native Arkansan, Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She currently serves as the advisory board president for the Applied Communication Department at UA Little Rock. When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with friends and family (especially her niece and nephew), traveling, reading, and being in the outdoors.