Jen Melcon Senior Associate, Operations Contact Jen Jen joined the Irvine Foundation as a Senior Associate, Operations in January 2023. In this role she serves as an important facilitator, collaborator, and project manager across the Foundation, working on a range of cross-departmental issues and efforts to strengthen and enhance key operational and administrative functions. Prior to Irvine, she served as the Resource Manager of the Media Studio at the Exploratorium, where she was the architect of organization-wide systems to support cross-departmental implementation of multi-year global projects and campaigns for the museum. Earlier experiences include her role as the Director of The Baum Foundation, an environmental nonprofit based in the Bay Area, and as a successful restauranteur for over ten years. A San Francisco resident of nearly three decades, she holds a degree in biology with an emphasis in botany from CSU San Francisco.