Melanie LaRose

Melanie LaRose

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer
Biographical Statement

Melanie LaRose serves as Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer at Advance Albany County Alliance Local Development Corporation.

Previously, Ms. LaRose served for over 10+ years in various capacities at the Center for Economic Growth in Albany, NY (CEG), primarily working with entrepreneurs and manufacturers. Most recently Ms. LaRose was the Director of Contract Management at the (CEG) where she handled contracts, grants, reporting and receivables for the Business Growth Solutions team. CEG services small to medium sized companies (SMEs), across several industries.  CEG serves as a Technology Development Center and is the Regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, part of the New York State MEP, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers.  

Prior to the Center For Economic Growth, Ms. LaRose spent 3 years as the Office and Field Manager at Premier Pest Control in Southampton, NY. Premier Pest Control is a family-owned and operated business exclusive to The Hamptons area, covering residential and commercial properties. Ms. LaRose handled the day-to-day operations.

Before joining Premier Pest Control, Ms. LaRose leveraged her personal network to identify prospects, key players, and partnership opportunities to assist in the exploration of an investment banking division within capital markets while serving as the Capital Markets, Director of Business Development at Halliday Financial in Albany, NY.

Ms. LaRose has been an active volunteer in the community and has experience sitting on a nonprofit board. She has also received the Civic Engagement and Advocacy Award from The Stakeholders Inc.

Ms. LaRose is a graduate of the State University of New York Empire State College where she earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Business, Management, Economics, with a concentration in Marketing.