President / Founder
Melanie Yonks' career spans a broad range of experience including work in Strategic Corporate Communications, Marketing, Film & Video Production, and Event Planning. From March 2017 through October 2021, Melanie took a staff position at EarthX, the world’s largest environmental experience. There she served as Director of Education and Community Outreach for EarthxFilm and later with the launch of EarthxTV, also as a TV producer..
In 2012 Melanie formed MDHY Communications to serve a variety of small business clients. In January 2022, leveraging the network and experience gained at EarthX in the environmental arena, Melanie launched Green Strategic Communications. to help businesses and organizations become more sustainable and use better actions to maximize the benefits for reputation and brand.
Melanie currently serves on the Advisory board for Battery Tour and Project17, as a Strategic Communications Advisor to Yea! Impact and the Climate Storytelling Playbook, and as a mentor for WIFT ATX.
At EarthX, Melanie found the perfect opportunity to blend her production experience, desire to mentor and give back to youth, with her passion to fight for our planet and the humans who inhabit it. Melanie developed, wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning TV series Planet911 Youth Reports, which garnered five Telly awards in its first season. Offering a unique format, youth ages 8 to mid 20s from around the world led discussions on important environmental topics, interviewing climate activists, environmental experts, elected officials and planet heroes.
A graduate of the UT Austin, RTF department, Melanie has experience on feature films, live broadcasts, local TV production and years as a writer producer for video, live broadcast and print, as well as corporate executive level communications at two fortune 500 companies.
Some of her most rewarding experiences; however, were as a volunteer. Melanie has served on over 25 boards including as a Founding Executive board and Secretary for Women in Film and Television U.S. (WIFT US), on the WIFTI (international board) one of 8 members serving the 40+ chapters on six continents, as a WIFT-Austin founding Advisory board member and as past President of WIFDallas.