Executive Director

MELANIE MACK is an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, California. As the founder and CEO of Codega Media, Inc., she is committed to empowering women to become owners and employers by creating multiple streams of income through in- person and online coaching. With a practical understanding of the challenges involved in implementing and executing a vision while delivering measurable results, Melanie has raised over $12 million through her sphere of influence as a fund development professional specializing in cultivating high net worth individuals.

Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Melanie raised $1.5 million in venture capital to launch her own companies, Power of the Single Mom and Bamflex. Her extensive experience in the entertainment industry includes working as a television development executive with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and being part of the original launch team for fX Networks, where she garnered awards for diversity and inclusion. Melanie is also an active member of several organizations dedicated to empowering underserved communities, including women and girls. She is an African American Board Leadership Institute Alumna (AABLI), founding executive board member for the Black Cooperative Impact Fund (BCIF), and member of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. Additionally, she is a certified Women's Entrepreneurship through Cornell University and a member of the Forbes Business Council.

As a motivational speaker, public relations specialist, and published author of two books, Melanie is a sought-after thought partner who creates and facilitates strategic plans and alliances, solicits major gifts, and develops marketing and rebranding strategies. She continues to inspire and empower professional and entrepreneurial women through her membership brunch club, BrunchNet: A Girl’s Guide to Business, Career, Goals, Life, and Family.

Operations Coordinator

Nikki Braendlin began her service to Alliance of Women Directors as a volunteer with, and then Chair of, the Festival Outreach Committee. She was then elected to the Board of Directors, where she served three terms. During her tenure on the Board Nikki helped oversee the development of AWD's new logo and website, worked with Studio Partnerships, served as Secretary, and was involved with the development of WIP, BDAI, and other programs. She was honored to serve as AWD's interim Executive Director and now as Operations Coordinator while maintaining her Director Member status with AWD.