MELISSA PETERSEN – Business Consultant

Melissa Petersen is a Business Consultant for Bold IP who enjoys working with local entrepreneurs in STEM and other fields to realize their innovative dreams. Outside of consulting, Melissa works as an Assistant Vice Provost at the University of Washington in their Office of Research – in this role, she serves to guide innovators and entrepreneurs through state and federal regulations in research and ethical transfer of University technologies to spin-out, as well as other types of businesses. Melissa is eager to join entrepreneurs on the business side, outside of her usual academic role, and can’t wait to put her research skills to use. Entrepreneurs will be able to see their ideas turn into companies as market data is collected and synthesized into marketing and business development strategies.

Melissa’s background in business and academic science help her to understand the unique relationship between innovation and bureaucracy. She also has experience with Intellectual Property assignments and licenses, as well as commercial biotechnology and marketing.

Melissa earned her MBA with an emphasis in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Seattle University and her BS in Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA — her home town. Outside of work and science, Melissa enjoys giving back to the community to support programs promoting access to education. Currently, she is the President for the North Seattle College Education Fund. Melissa also enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest and beyond!


  • Washington State Notary Public # 193055

University of Washington

  • Assistant Vice Provost for Research Administration
  • Research Coordinator


  • QA Project Coordinator

CDK Global (previously The Cobalt Group)

  • HR Administrative Specialist


  • Certificate in Intellectual Property (Currently enrolledat University of San Diego)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), earned from Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics
  • Certificate in Project Management for Biotechnology, earned from University of Washington and University of California, San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology and Chemistry (BSc), earned from Western Washington University
  • Associate in Arts and Sciences (AAS), Whatcom Community College