Melissa T. Newman

Executive Assistant to Michael P. Straightiff, Office Manager
(434) 924-2185

Melissa Newman joined the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group in July 2016, bringing her organizational skills to support the leadership team, and ensuring day to day operations at LVG run smoothly. As the assistant to the executive director, Melissa helps manage Michael’s daily priorities, and keeps his schedule in line. She also oversees rental agreements for the LVG incubator space, and supports the marketing team with event planning.

Prior to joining LVG, Melissa was the office manager at Nelson, Byrd, Woltz Landscape Architects. She also has extensive experience in event design, catering, property and venue management.

Sitting at the front of the office, Melissa has become the smiling face of LVG, always hospitable to guests of the office and helping new folks navigate the incubator space. Melissa and her husband live with their dog Beau in Orange, VA which conveniently matches the prideful color of her alma mater.


B.S., Management, Clemson University