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FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - Melissa Yu
Full Name: Melissa Yu
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: Center for Accelerating Innovation
Location: Washington, DC
What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
I am the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Center for Accelerating Innovation which is an initiative that advances the culture of highway transportation innovation by developing, launching and administering strategic innovation deployment programs. I have been in this role for three months as of June.
What is your typical workday like?
No two days are the same, which is great! I work on marketing and communications activities. In my role, I market the Center, its programs, and create strategic communications plans and products as well as create and maintain relationships with stakeholder partners.
What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
Launching The Real Cost campaign at FDA, a youth tobacco prevention campaign which won a gold Effie award.
Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
Working at Tysons Corner Center where I launched the new wing of the mall by organizing an exclusive event, fashion show, and celebrity appearances to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
What are your hobbies in your spare time?
Travelling abroad and dining with friends and family.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
Flexibility at work and life is key. Change is inevitable and being flexible to adapt to those changes helps to find solutions to move forward.
Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
That despite my relatively healthy eating habits, I could eat French fries and cupcakes every day.
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