Melissa Baralt, Ph.D., is an energetic and devoted professor with a commitment to education and the importance of the family. Currently, she is a Master Educator in the sciences at Berkeley College, and Montclair State University. She has the professional privilege of serving as a fountain of knowledge for many diverse and non traditional students for more than 12 years. At Berkeley College, she was honored as Faculty of the Year, Honors Faculty of the
Year, and is an alumna of Leadership Berkeley. She was the 2016 Berkeley College Commencement Speaker.
Dr. Baralt was born to Dominican parents who immigrated to the United States in search of opportunities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science and a Master's degree in Molecular Biology from Montclair State University. She was the recipient of the Bridges Scholarship for minorities in the sciences and it allowed her to further complete studies. She holds a Doctorate in Pathology and Immunology from Rutgers University.
Dr. Baralt is also the visionary behind the educational app RecommendNation, enabling students to seek recommendation letters from professors. She has served as a consultant for the United States Credential Evaluation Services to assist foreign nationals validate their scientific and professional credentials.
In 2018, Dr. Baralt was a candidate for the school board election in Paterson, NJ. Shortly after, Dr. Baralt founded SheCaucus, a nonprofit to amplify women's voices by developing leadership, education, and self-confidence. The organization hosts educational workshops, seminars, and multicultural events that empower women and simultaneously, aid community needs. In 2019, she was appointed by the Mayor of Paterson as Commissioner of the Alcohol Beverage Control Committee (ABC). And currently serves as Chairwoman of the board for the city of Paterson.
She has been directly involved with enforcement of NJ state law and local enforcement for business owners and licence holders. She currently serves the city as confidential aide to Councilman at Large Flavio Rivera. This allows her to be directly involved in community efforts.
Recently, she initiated her personal consulting business, Bee Better Than Me, LLC. A firm dedicated to the academic and professional advancement of individuals globally. She has collaborated on various efforts that have had a noteworthy impact on women empowerment and education. Some have included joint programming with: Prospanica, Fly Women’s Network, City of Paterson, Dominican Parade, Albert Einstein Medical School, United Latinas, and Latino Network.
She is part of several boards that have helped shape the lives of many. Including: The HealthCare Advisory Board for the city of Paterson, Prospanica New Jersey, Diversity and Inclusiveness taskforce Berkeley College, HeadStart Program for the city of Passaic, FLY Women’s Network, and recently Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE). LUPE is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to Educate, Empower, and Engage Latinas to Promote Leadership and Civic Engagement.