Ms. Melamid, nee Hoenigsberg, was born in Vienna. She has lived in England, Australia, and in the United States. For several years she held the position of Registrar at the NSSR. She married the late Dr. Alexander Melamid, who taught at the NSSR during the time the scholars of the University in Exile were still part of its faculty. Ms. Melamid also serves on the Board of Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. and is a supporter of services that aid youth and the aged. She is a graduate in Arts of Melbourne University, Australia. She has been a member of the New School for Social Research Board of Governors since 2003.