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Melissa Mason


All About Melissa

Melissa Mason is known as the co-founder of Brown Skin Brunchin’. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Social Work, and another in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Psychology. She is passionate about building community, and empowering others, especially women and young adults, through education and enriching experiences.


Melissa was driven to create Brown Skin Brunchin’ when her childhood best friend and co-founder, Lillian Jackson, moved away to pursue a career opportunity. Melissa and Lillian were faced with navigating new friendships outside of their immediate circle as adults, and quickly learned how difficult the process could be. Melissa’s background and education helped her conceptualize Brown Skin Brunchin’s approach to decrease awkwardness in an unknown setting. Culturally, sharing a meal with others generates dialogue in an organic way, and Melissa thought what better way to do that than over something she loves, brunch!


In her free time, Melissa can be found spending time with her family, experiencing other cultures through travel, and of course spending time with her brunchin’ crew!

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