Our knowledgeable and talented team of Zetema Staff and Fellows are committed to creating a forum that stimulates the productive exchange of diverse, expert opinion on the many facets of the US healthcare system.

Melissa Leanda is the Senior Project Associate for the Zetema Project. She leads the administrative functioning of the Project, as well as advancing the Project’s research and planning activities. She organizes Zetema’s triannual meetings, manages the Project’s website and communications, and coordinates with Zetema Project Panelists, Contributors, and journalists.

Prior to joining the Zetema Project, Ms. Leanda was with Zitter Health Insights, a business intelligence firm that provides insights focused on optimizing patient access to pharmaceuticals to life science companies, specialty pharmacies, and managed healthcare organizations. She contributed to the Sales and Marketing Team and played a key role in office management. Earlier, she provided leadership and management to the MesoAmerican Research Center at UC Santa Barbara, where she also established and led a graduate and undergraduate student internship program.

Ms. Leanda earned her BA in Biological Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.