Melissa Caperton serves as Director of Regional Impact at myFutureNC. She leads the organization’s support and expansion of new and ongoing local and regional initiatives, practices, and policies aligned with the state’s 2030 postsecondary education attainment goal. Previously she led the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) at ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning and the American Council on Education. This national initiative is designed to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families who apply to college early in their senior year. Prior to ACAC, Melissa was Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP federal grant project in North Carolina at the University of North Carolina System and coordinated the state’s college application program. Previously, she was the Associate Director of K-12 Outreach at the College Board. Melissa is the first college graduate in her family and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Public Policy from William and Mary. She lives in Apex, NC with her husband and three children.