Community Director | AirBnB | USA
Melissa O’Young is a Community Strategist at Airbnb, who has worked on both offline and online strategies to help empower, connect, and scale Airbnb’s global host community. Prior to joining Airbnb, Melissa worked at Virgin Unite, the nonprofit arm to the Virgin Group where her role was to connect and empower a global community of change agents, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders to use entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Melissa is passionate about the sharing economy — she completed her thesis on the topic in 2011, played an advisory role to the UK Government on the movement in 2012, and was the founder of Let’s Collaborate!, an organization that connects and promotes the sharing economy community in NYC. Melissa loves to travel—from basque dancing in the Spanish countryside, spending several months working on a Greek island, to curating magical trips on Sir Richard Branson’s island—and in her spare time, practices her two favorite things—hurdling and sprinting.