Melissa Mattiace '94

BrownBears.com will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths

Alumni Spotlight – Melissa Mattiace ‘94

A native of Montville, New Jersey, Melissa Mattiace spent four seasons as a standout defender on the Brown women’s lacrosse team from 1991-94, serving as the team’s captain during her senior season.  She is currently the publisher for Entertainment Weekly.

Mattiace anchored a Bears’ backline as a stout one-on-one defender, often facing an opponents’ top scoring threat on a nightly basis.  Her reputation as a tenacious defender and intense competitor propelled Mattiace to All-Ivy accolades in 1993-94 and USWLA All-American status during her junior campaign. After graduating from Brown in 1994, Mattiace delved into the advertising field as she held multiple positions at Polo Ralph Lauren, Elle, and Interview. Mattiace then moved on to serve as the executive director of creative services at Details, prior to being named advertising director for Lucky Magazine.  At Lucky, Melissa oversaw all advertising sales activities, as the magazine claimed eight new accounts in the span of 14 months.  After a successful run at Lucky, Melissa joined Women’s Wear Daily where she was associate publisher for the print edition of Style.com.

Currently, Mattiace serves as the publisher for Entertainment Weekly, one of the most popular entertainment brands with an audience of over 18 million consumers. As publisher, Mattiace oversees advertising sales, marketing and business development operations for both the weekly magazine and its website EW.com, and industry events including the brand’s annual red carpet parties at Comic-Con, the Emmy Awards and the Screen Actor Guild (SAG) Awards. Under her guidance, the magazine’s 2013 Summer Must List issue was the brand’s largest issue in six years and the 2013 Fall TV Preview was the largest in seven years. Entertainment Weekly covers all aspects of pop culture – music, film, television, and books and Mattiace continues to develop innovative sales and marketing strategies designed to push the brand to new heights.

Additionally, Mattiace is active in several charities including Jorvan Community Outreach in Cape Town, South Africa and the American Cancer Society. Upon graduation, she founded the women’s lacrosse program at the New York Athletic Club which continues to thrive.

Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to athleticcommunication@brown.edu. Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.