Melanie Heath is Assistant Commissioner of Communications and Outreach for the Utah System of Higher Education. In that role, she works on issues around statewide higher education advocacy and college access. She also works with the Utah State Board of Education to find ways to eliminate barriers to postsecondary access in the high school to college transition space. She was integral to the expansion of the college access advising program and the USHE partnership with UtahFutures.org, the state’s college and career readiness website. Prior to finding her passion for higher education, Melanie worked in book publishing and the arts. She received a BA from Texas Tech University and an MA from Portland State University.