MFIT Senior Curator of Education and Public Programs, organizes all Museum symposia and education programming. During at her time at FIT, Melendez has organized over 100 programs for a diversity of audiences. Her prior experience at a range of arts organization and diplomatic institutions in the United States and in Mexico has included managing and developing projects on fashion history, design, the visual arts, music, theater and dance. Melendez-Escalante was a Fulbright scholar in 2002-2004. She was a contributing author to the books and Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color (Thames & Hudson, 2018), La comedia y el melodrama en el audiovisual iberoamericano contemporáneo (Vervuert, 2015), and the forthcoming Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT (Skira, 2019).