• AAMVA Board of Directors - Member Biography

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    Melissa Gillett
    Director, Iowa Motor Vehicle Division

    Melissa Gillett was appointed director of the Motor Vehicle Division in June 2017. She started her career with the Iowa DOT in 2010, first as a records administrative assistant working out of the Ankeny Driver & Identification Service Center, and then as a member of the Motor Vehicle Division’s management team, serving as the division’s communications and policy officer, where she led the development of web-based services, internal and external communications, and administrative rule and legislative proposals.

    In January 2016, Melissa was appointed director of the Driver & Identification Services Bureau, and from January 2017 to June 2017, she served dually as director for the Driver & Identification Services Bureau and as interim director for the Motor Vehicle Division. 

    Before joining the Iowa DOT, Melissa obtained a BA in Political Communication from the University of Northern Iowa, with a minor in Spanish, and a masters of Public Administration from Drake University. She also served as a legislative clerk for the Iowa House of Representatives while in college, and before joining the Iowa DOT worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Association, providing key guidance and oversight for disaster recovery public assistance.