Melanie Benit serves as the Activism Associate at the Institute for Justice, where she mobilizes grassroots activists from around the nation to defeat abuses of government power.
A trained campaign manager and parliamentary debater, she previously recruited, trained and engaged college students in free market principles through the promotion of civic service. Melanie holds an M.A. in Government, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security from the Lauder School of Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, Israel. As a Graduate Research Assistant, she studied how poor governance contributes to the global struggle against terrorism. This position gave her an understanding of the importance of limited government and economic liberty to maintaining a free society. She uses this knowledge to support IJ in creating relationships with diverse communities throughout the United States. She double-majored in Political Science and Marketing, with concentrations in Pre-Law and International Relations, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.