Attorney, Supreme Court of California
Melissa is an attorney, community organizer, political educator, and avid writer. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she moved to San Francisco in 2014 and has since been in the trenches alongside her community to fight for a more just and equitable San Francisco. Melissa spends most of her spare time holding political education panels and trainings in her volunteer work with local organizations, including the ACLU of Northern California's San Francisco Volunteer Chapter and the San Francisco Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. She has also helped plan local campaigns to divest from policing and imprisonment. Most notably, with other members of the No New SF Jail Coalition, Melissa helped pass an ordinance to shut down former San Francisco County Jail #4, which had been slated for demolition for decades. The dilapidated jail closed its doors in September 2020. Melissa enjoys listening to music, playing with her cats, and taste-testing her partner's cooking. She is grateful to be part of the San Francisco community and plans to keep pushing forward with other community members for a city that always prioritizes care, housing, and building supportive, loving communities for all San Franciscans.