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 where she will be overseeing the PAL Academy and CARE Program. Prior to EOPS, Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000, contributing to the evolution of the ATTE's training, community relations and student intern programs. Melissa is responsible for grant implementation, legislative outreach, training development, curriculum modification, and content on the ATTE's iTunesU and social media pages. She works with the ATTE team to develop new training solutions, market ATTE programs, procure funding, and provide enrollment and career guidance to students and job-seekers. Melissa advises the ATTE's K-12 activities and coordinates public educational events to advocate training programs for sustainable fuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.