Melanie Feliciano, Creative Producer

I am a traveling tech storyteller performance artist. Some people know me as “Femmebot” (cuz I have Google for brains) or “Virtual Gypsy” in constant search of a wifi connection.

Shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I traveled to my first “dot-com” job as a web content producer at MLive.com in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A year afterwards I traveled to Denver to serve as an Americorps*VISTA, where I learned that I have a natural ability to drop into a completely new city and build a project from scratch through old fashioned friendship-making (social media didn’t exist yet so you actually had to leave the house).

San Francisco in the late 1990s at a women’s tech incubator was no doubt the first peak of my career, where I built one of my strongest tech and art communities as a web content producer for a Latin-focused media outlet. After the dot-com bust I connected to the local Bay Area community at a youth magazine and a multicultural children’s book publisher in the Mission District.

Although the tech wasn’t quite mature enough yet (and neither was I), I tried my first nomading outside the country in 2003, in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, then landed in Miami, where I stayed for 7 years as editor of community newspaper Biscayne Times, which became the first client for my company, Biscayne Writers.

There is nothing I love more than creating community with FOOD, which then allows for more relaxed discussion and cultural understanding. I’ve also thrown in music, dance, yoga, hikes and film as cultural unifiers and language learning.

Living in Washington, DC for five years further increased my sense of global community by building along with other global community builders, before landing back home in NY.

After being a vagabond gypsy digital nomad transient, I am happy to be reconnecting to the place I was born and using the same local community building skills I used in other countries to connect with the locals…who all came from someplace else.