Melissa Littlepage

Washington, D.C.
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About Melissa Littlepage

I have more than a decade of experience working with a wide variety of organizations in the realm of racial dynamics. My bachelor's and master's degrees in music allowed me to focus some of my studies on the role of race in the Western classical tradition. Additionally, I received training via internships in community organizing, artist fellowships, electoral politics, and under Black church and community organizing leadership. In working at a number of non-profit organizations and cultural institutions, I have been able to apply my skills to help address racial injustice in a plurality of contexts. These include universities, museums, radio, churches, missions agencies, and more. Since becoming a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) in 2019, I have trained and consulted over 100 organizations and hundreds of individuals as they seek to grow in cultural intelligence. My work continues to focus specifically on reparations, racial equity in professional and interpersonal contexts, and community organizing for racial justice.

Areas of Expertise

Other Organizations
Christian Colleges
Christian K-12 School
Individual 1 on 1 coaching

Meet Melissa Littlepage


In order to determine just and equitable fees for coaching services, please review my sliding scale (linked at the bottom of this list).

  • Initial Session to Discuss Personal Assessment Full Report: Over the course of 1 hour, we will meet virtually to go over your full report from the Personal Assessment. We will discuss observations from your results and potential next steps for growth.

  • Ongoing Coaching Sessions: We will meet to continue to discuss your Personal Assessment, develop customized goals and activities, and/or other projects that you or your organization would like help with.

  • 4 Sessions Coaching Package (10% discount): Four one hour sessions where we will work towards customized goals for growth and application.

  • 7 Sessions Coaching Package (15% discount): Seven one hour sessions where we will work towards customized goals for growth and application.

  • In-Person Coaching: I am also willing to travel to provide in-person coaching. Please contact me for details and a quote.

  • Group Coaching and/or Group Training Sessions: I provide half-day, full-day, and multi-day training sessions for groups of all sizes. Please contact me for details and a quote.

  • Sliding Scale:


Jonathan Medlock
VP, People & Culture - Geneva Benefits Group
Melissa worked with our firm to help us asses our current state of intercultural competency. She administered IDI's to 24 employees and then coordinated large group training, team debriefs, and individual debriefs to help us understand the results. She then consulted with me to help me plan and execute a strategy for our employees to grow in cultural intelligence. Melissa was very helpful and thorough. She is encouraging but willing to name and discuss potentially difficult things. Melissa has helped us begin a journey of growth in these crucial areas.
Karen Masso
Leadership Development Project Manager - Serge
Melissa has been my intercultural competence coach for over a year. Using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), she helped identify where I fell on the Intercultural Development Continuum. In a winsome and gracious way she has been expanding my understanding of what that means in terms of how I view myself and others. The goal is to be moving from a monocultural mindset to an intercultural one. I retook the IDI a year into the process and it marked significant growth.
Russ Whitfield
Pastor - Grace Mosaic
Melissa worked with our church to lead us through the intercultural development inventory and it was very fruitful for our leadership and our broader community. She is a very clear, compelling, and thoughtful voice as it relates to this space and I can personally attest to the fact that this is not performative for her, but true to the life that she lives when she is "off of the clock." Not only has she put in the work to understand available research and literature related to racial justice, but she has also lived the life and this personal experience in the work gives her helpful stories, illustrations, and data points to help people to get the material on the ground. I think that other people should consider use her services because she is a very capable and creative practitioner who can help people to move from thinking the right thoughts to living the right kind of life- a just life.

Work Experience

Founder and President
Jam & Bread, LLC - Washington, D.C.
February 2022 - Current

Facilitator and consultant, guiding individuals and groups through experiences that build diverse, thriving community. Training and consultation areas include: intercultural competence, racial justice, community building, and political and civic engagement.

Chief of Staff and Intercultural Consultant
Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission - Washington, D.C.
January 2019 - November 2021

Design and facilitate engaging trainings on intercultural competence, cultural intelligence, race, justice, and equity. Manage client relationships to contextualize recommendations and deepen ongoing engagement. Develop and implement organizational standard operating procedures and coordinate between departments.


Masters - Music Performance
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) - Winston-Salem, NC
August 2016 - May 2018
Masters - Arts Management and Leadership
Webster University - St. Louis, MO
August 2014 - May 2015
Bachelors - Music Composition
Belmont University - Nashville, TN
August 2007 - May 2011