Melissa Arndt

Director of Marketing and Communications
5741 Libby Hall, Room 106B
Orono, ME 04469
Telephone: 207.581.2811

Melissa has served as Extension’s Director of Marketing and Communications since February 2022. In this role, she provides strategic direction for organizational marketing and communication efforts, and leads the communications and marketing team. She also works closely with UMaine Marketing Division to ensure branding and accessibility standards are met and to strengthen the connection between Extension and the University. Melissa reports to the Dean of Extension and serves on the organization’s leadership team.

Growing up on a potato and cattle farm in Aroostook County, Melissa participated in a variety of Extension 4-H programs and developed a lifelong affinity for Maine’s rural farming communities. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont and has served as a volunteer for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, and Maine Winter Sports Center. She has worked for organizations across Maine for nearly 30 years, most recently providing strategic communications leadership for statewide and regional nonprofit organizations.

Melissa lives in Rockland with her husband, Scott, who ensures she spends most of her free time riding the best mountain bike trails in New England.