Mellissa Ayala is the Acting Division Chief for the Network Agreements Management Division for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mellissa began her career in manufacturing and continued support for manufacturing in private industry positions at DynCorp, Lockheed Martin and Smiths Aerospace before joining NIST MEP in 2009. Before her most recent role in MEP, Mellissa was a Resource Manager and Federal Program Officer supporting MEP Centers in the management of their NIST cooperative agreements.
Mellissa received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Strayer University. She also holds Federal Acquisition Certifications for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR) and Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).