Melissa has a rich history of work in education, diversity and inclusion, civil rights and youth-serving nonprofits. She is a relationship builder and solution seeker who values working closely with community leaders and institutions, businesses, philanthropists, grassroots groups, faith leaders, youth, and people of many backgrounds to find common ground and collaborative opportunities for the common good.
Melissa is dedicated to the betterment of our communities through the delivery of engaging leadership training, interactive strategic planning, dialogue-based human relations programming and community service projects. Inspired by the values of compassion, equity, inclusion, restorative justice, respect and dignity — she aspires to bridge understanding between people in workplaces, schools and communities.
Melissa has a background in, and passion for anti-bias education, nonviolence, hate crime education, racial justice, youth empowerment, the arts, technology, marketing, and all things communications. Her professional experience has included work with the Anti-Defamation League, Orange County Human Relations Council, the Heart of America Foundation, the National Conference of Community and Justice, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, and the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program. She currently volunteers with her community’s Jewish Community Center and the NAACP.