Melissa Kirsch


Melissa Kirsch is currently the editor-in-chief of Lifehacker.

She’s an award-winning nonfiction author of The Girl’s Guide to Absolutely Everything, a James Beard Award-nominated journalist and senior editor for the human-interest magazine

Melissa has been an Associate Creative Director at R/GA and Publicis Kaplan Thaler.

At R/GA, she was the creative lead on the L’Oréal Paris campaign team, prior to which she led creative for the L’Oréal Luxury account (Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Diesel, Viktor + Rolf). Other clients include: Walmart, Coke, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble and Faena Hotel + Universe (Buenos Aires).

At PKT, she was the copy lead for Garnier’s digital efforts and worked with the print and television teams as well, most notably on a digital video series featuring Tina Fey. She also worked on the Citi Bike account.

You can view more here:

Official author bio:

Melissa Kirsch is the author of The Girl’s Guide to Absolutely Everything (Workman, 2007). The book has 100,00 copies in print and a new edition of the book will be published by Workman in April 2015. She has been writing professionally for and about women since 1998, when she was an editor at one of the first sites for girls on the Web. Melissa is a former Senior Producer for Oxygen Media, where she edited their pop culture brand for women in their 20s, Girls On, and authored the relationship advice column, “Ask Princess.”

Melissa has written for Nerve, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, National Geographic Traveler, New York and Scientific American. She’s discussed women’s issues on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and other television networks around the country, and been featured as an expert in Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Glamour and Jezebel.

A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo Foundation, Melissa is lives in New York City.


  • Writing
  • editing
  • brand voice
  • team leadership
  • digital media
  • compelling storytelling.