A German and U.S. national, Melanie Levensohn studied literature and international relations in France and Chile. She earned her master’s degree from Sciences Po in Paris. Later she became a spokesperson for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, reporting from humanitarian crises around the world. From 2006-2013 Melanie worked as a communications expert at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., managing corporate external relations for the Caribbean region. When she got married, she joined her husband in the Napa Valley, California, where they created an award-winning estate wine over ten years. In 2021, they moved back to Geneva.