Originally from rural Menifee, California, Melissa lost her father to melanoma skin cancer at an early age. Through perseverance and hard work, she overcame, going on to be one of the first in her family to graduate from college. One of six kids, Melissa earned academic honors while balancing extracurricular activities and working two part-time jobs.
Active at both a local and state level, Melissa was recently appointed to the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission for the State of Nevada by Governor Brian Sandoval. She serves as Chair for the Mesquite Club, the state’s longest running women’s philanthropic organization, and is a board member for Emerge Nevada, dedicated to training women to run for political office. She is a Community Advocate for the Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care board, which aims to reduce homelessness in the Valley, and co-founded the nonprofit The Huntridge Foundation, to preserve the architectural integrity, history, and culture of the Huntridge Theatre. She also is proud of her Foundation efforts with Assemblywoman Heidi Swank and Assemblyman Elliot Anderson to pass Assembly Bill 371, establishing Restore Nevada’s Treasures, a fund designed to help preserve and rehabilitate endangered historic buildings across the state.
Melissa enjoys fixing up her 1951 Huntridge Neighborhood home and spending time with friends, family and her dogs. When Melissa is not working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling, trail running, and hiking in the scenic desert.
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