Melody S. Robidoux is the Founder and President of The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation. Endowed in 1990, the Foundation makes grants in the areas of: women’s economic well-being, reproductive rights, children’s welfare, civics education, higher education scholarships, political campaign transparency, and adolescent mental health.
Melody was the co-founder of The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Over the years, she has sat on various boards and committees, raised money for capital campaigns and annual funds, and volunteered teaching math to 2nd graders at a public elementary school for three years. Melody is a member of her local AAUW branch and its Public Policy Co-Chair.
Prior to entering the world of philanthropy, Melody was co-owner of Artisoft, Inc., a technology company that designed and manufactured the first local area networking product for small businesses. She focused on sales and marketing, establishing distribution networks, organizational development and legal oversight. Melody’s share of the company was sold to venture capitalists in 1990.
A native of Flagstaff, Arizona, she received her Bachelors in Political Science with Honors, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Arizona in 1980. Thereafter, Melody attended University of Arizona College of Law and received her J.D. in 1983. Melody is married to Mick Thompson and has a 22 year old son, Maxwell. The family has lived in the Seattle area for 18 years.