Melissa Spas

Managing Director of Education and Engagement, Lake Institute

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


  • Master of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, North Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Allegheny College


Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.