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Melinda Wolfe

Interim Chief People Officer

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin

Melinda Wolfe is the interim chief people officer at 2U, Inc. Prior to joining 2U, Wolfe served as chief people officer and led talent initiatives with a passionate focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion at companies including GLG, Pearson, Bloomberg, American Express, and Goldman Sachs. Across industry, she has joined leadership teams to optimize organizational design, culture, and human resource priorities, while driving outcomes for employee engagement, productivity, and profitability.

Wolfe has held the chief HR role at private, private equity-backed, and public companies, all with global reach and each at critical inflection points in their size and evolution. She has partnered with CEOs and leadership teams as a thought leader, coach, and operator to achieve organic growth strategies and integrate powerful acquisitions. She has worked with company boards and board committees on succession planning, executive talent acquisition, and alignment of competitive compensation programs, focusing on compliance and regular reporting of people practices. As a company leader, she has transformed HR processes and systems and encouraged a sense of belonging and community to deepen culture and increase retention of employees in regions across the globe. Wolfe has also overseen social impact and corporate social responsibility efforts that have been a centerpiece of employee engagement efforts.

Outside of 2U, Wolfe holds several leadership positions in the non-profit sector. Currently, she chairs the board of the Zana Africa Foundation and serves as a board member of Auburn Seminary, Echoing Green, and Coqual. She previously served on the NYC Mayor’s Commission on Women and on advisory boards for several academic institutions, including the Dalton School, Barnard’s Athena Center, Duke University, Washington University, and the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia, where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member.

Wolfe received her undergraduate degree from Washington University, and she completed her graduate degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.