Formerly a State Delegate in District 25, Melony has 16 years of experience representing Prince George’s County in Annapolis. During her tenure as Delegate, Melony was a member of the House Appropriations Committee, serving as the Chair of the Oversight Committee on Pensions. In this role, Melony worked to ensure funding for retired teachers, state employees, law enforcement and correction officers. She also served as the Vice Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee where she demonstrated a keen understanding of how to partner with local and federal leaders to invest in Prince George’s County. Melony secured millions of dollars in funding for projects benefiting non-profits and neighborhoods in our County.
In December of 2009, Melony had the honor of being elected by 23 of her peers as Chair of the Prince George’s County Delegation. In this capacity, she was the leading voice for the County in Annapolis on key policy issues.
In addition to these roles, Melony also served on the Child Welfare Work Group, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, the Joint Committee on Children Youth and Families, and the House Judiciary Committee.
Besides her 16 year career as a public servant, Melony has held various professional roles that have informed her civic leadership.
Melony is currently the Vice President for External and Governmental Affairs at Greater Baden Medical Services, and previously directed the Prince George’s County Health Department’s Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives (CHLI), focusing on outreach, disease prevention, and wellness promotion.
She has also been a hospital social worker, a research project coordinator, a Program Coordinator for the National Basketball Players Association Health Education Project at the Johns Hopkins University, and volunteered as an HIV/AIDS support group leader for Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC.
Melony Griffith received a B.S. in Human Services from Montana State University — Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College) with concentrations in Psychology, Criminology, and Rehabilitation. After completing her undergraduate degree, Melony obtained a Master of Social Work from Howard University with a focus on Child and Family Services.
Continuing her education in 2014, Melony completed the Community Health Leadership Program, through the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. The same year she also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Virginia University of Lynchburg, School of Liberal Arts.
Melony was born in Abilene, Texas to Frank F. and Mary E. Ghee and raised on Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. She now lives in Upper Marlboro and has two sons.