Melissa Grillo Aruz

Senior Advisor

New York

Melissa Grillo is a Senior Advisor based in New York, focused on the Consumer industry.

She has worked with agencies, brands, and venture capital firms. Melissa spent over six years at Forerunner Ventures as Head of Talent & Business Development, where she worked with portfolio companies such as Glossier, The Farmer’s Dog, Prose, Hims/Hers and Ritual. She has advised brands including J.Crew, Madewell, Warby Parker, Sakara Life, Bonobos, Moda Operandi and more, on strategy and marketing. Melissa was Director of Growth & Marketing at Gilt Groupe during its explosive growth period. She has been featured on Marie Claire’s New Guard List, and the Create & Cultivate 100. Melissa holds a BA from Trinity College-Hartford.