Photo by Luke Fontana

Photo by Luke Fontana

Melanie Hopkins is the founder of Finance Friend - a business management and financial consulting firm. Her career began in the finance departments of nonprofits, but while employing her skills to help an entrepreneurial friend open her business, she discovered a passion for helping business owners become empowered in their financial management. Melanie’s client roster is now more than fifty-strong, ranging from human rights nonprofits to artisanal cheese makers to tech startups. She is a featured writer on Lifehacker, has taught "Artistpreneur" workshops at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to recent graduates, and has been featured as a guest speaker with ELNYA. As a theatre producer Melanie has produced five seasons with Fault Line Theatre, including the GLAAD award winning "From White Plains" and "Breathing Time" by Beau Willimon (House of Cards). Melanie is a volunteer crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line and in July 2015 she completed her first (and only) triathlon.