As an LA native, Melissa has spent the last four years working in community and economic development organizations in the Angeleno community that raised her. Most recently, Melissa worked at Opportunity Fund, a microlending and small-business lending non-profit, where she worked with the regional director and regional board to support expansion of the organization’s brand, partnerships, and fundraising in Southern CA and other new markets. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, and has a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Diversity and Inequality. She is passionate about building resilient, authentic organizations and partnerships that create lasting, sustainable impact. Outside of work, she likes to surf and explore LA’s food scene with friends.