Melissa studied Child Development and completed the IGETC path at Foothill and De Anza Colleges before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz, Melissa focused on education, public policy, and social justice issues while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.
Melissa joined the EOPS Department in April 2013 as a Program Specialist. She oversees the PAL Academy and CARE Program, works to recruit students and provide opportunities for their academic success. Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000 with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTE). Melissa was responsible for grant implementation, legislative outreach, training development, curriculum modification, and content on the ATTE's iTunesU and social media pages. She worked with the ATTE team to evove the ATTE's training, community relations and student intern programs, develop and market new training programs, procure funding, and provide enrollment and career guidance to students and job-seekers. Melissa advised the ATTE's K-12 activities and coordinated public educational events to advocate training programs for sustainable fuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.