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Melissa Schwartz

Melissa Schwartz joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2003. She has been an active member of the Leadership Team of the WHC Hunger Project since 2012 and has also served on the Temple’s Membership Task Force.

Melissa is an attorney who spent much of the 1990s in Moscow where her law practice with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP focused on international corporate transactions in Russia and the former Soviet bloc countries. She served as the firm’s Moscow office Partner in Charge for two years before relocating to the D.C. where she continued to practice law with Akin Gump until 2005. After serving as an independent advisor to private investors for eight years, Melissa rejoined Akin Gump in 2014 as Senior Counsel. She is a 1988 graduate of Cornell University and received her law degree in 1991 from Harvard Law School.

In the wider community, Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Children and is a Founding Board Member of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center. She is also active in her children’s school and chaired its Annual Giving Campaign for three years. Melissa and her husband, David Muenzer, have two children, Benjamin and Emily, who both attended the Temple’s Early Childhood Center and Religious School, and who are “Red Aprons” with the WHC Hunger Project.

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