Mel Brostowitz


Director of Development at JobsWork MKE

How did you first learn about and begin working with The Avery Center?

I first learned about The Avery Center through the Rebecca Bender Initiative around the time that Free Our Girls transitioned to The Avery Center.


When did you start working with The Avery Center?

I became a board member in August 2022.

What do you think sets The Avery Center apart from other organizations in this sector?

The Avery Center is rooted in survivor leadership as well as lived experience as evident through research guidelines, storytelling on social media and marketing campaigns, and direct services programs.


What's your favorite part/the most fulfilling part of your role?

The Avery Center leads from every angle and I’m honored to be surrounded by leaders in the anti-trafficking movement.


What do you enjoy doing when you're not at The Avery Center?

Horseback riding, going on adventures with my family, and reading.


Who is someone you admire, and why?

I’m adopted through open adoption and I’ve grown up knowing my birthparents and adoptive parents. I admire my mothers for their grit - the crossroad of perseverance and compassion - and their continued relationship with one another.


What advice would you give someone who wants to join the Avery team of superstars?

In any public health field, listen and learn from survivors - follow their lead.


Favorite book/audiobook/podcast:

My favorite book (and also great on audio!) is All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.


TV show you're hooked on:

The Witcher

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