Melissa Fries

Executive Director, CAP

Melissa Fries is a leading expert in college access, preparation, and success for low-income and historically-underrepresented students. As the Executive Director of CAP—a program of Making Waves Foundation—Ms. Fries empowers over 500 students to complete their college degrees in a timely manner with minimal debt. -Ms. Fries has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and program development, including leadership roles at Stanford University, Menlo College, and San Francisco State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Black Studies from UCSB and a master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.