Charles J. Melichar

Senior Consultant Communications Charlie Melichar

Charles J. Melichar

Senior Consultant & Principal, Strategic Communications


Franklin, Tennessee


Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, BA
University of Maryland


A Senior Consultant in Strategic Communications, Charlie works across the nonprofit spectrum, helping organizations create clear, compelling messaging that inspires engagement and support.

Charlie works closely with his clients to get to the essence of the organization’s story, particularly around fundraising campaigns. He brings a strategic approach to communication planning and how messages are delivered across platforms, blending analytics and creativity.

Prior to joining Marts & Lundy, Charlie served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Communications at Vanderbilt University and Vice President for PR & Communications at Colgate University.

Charlie is regularly invited to speak on topics including strategic communications, social media engagement, building a culture of philanthropy and crisis communications. An active public speaker and volunteer, Charlie has co-chaired the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) annual Campaigns Workshop, served on the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing. He serves on the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Counselors to Higher Education executive committee.

He previously led the News & Information office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He began his career at ProfNet, a subsidiary of the news service distribution company PR Newswire.

  • Baylor University
  • California State University, Chico
  • Carnegie Science
  • Cary Academy
  • Colgate University
  • College Art Association
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation
  • Denison University
  • Emma Willard School
  • The Field Museum
  • George Mason University
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Harvard FAS
  • The Hill School
  • The Hope Foundation
  • Ithaca College
  • King’s College
  • Louisiana State University
  • Martin Health System
  • Michigan State University
  • The National Park Foundation
  • The National Zoo
  • Rice University
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Virginia Health System
  • The Westminster Schools

Charlie and his wife Kristen live in Franklin, TN where they are raising their four children. They are both involved in the local community and the family enjoys spending time in the outdoors, from local parks to national parks and beaches.