Melissa was born in raised in the farming community of Yuba City, California. Agriculture has always been of great interest to Melissa and led her to the central coast of California to study agriculture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Melissa received a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness with a concentration in agricultural marketing. Her interest in agriculture and love of the area led Melissa to further her education at Cal Poly. At the moment she is currently finishing up a Master's Degree in agriculture with a specialization in general agriculture. Melissa is currently working on her thesis which involves developing a public service announcement and marketing campaign for genetically modified foods.
Melissa is currently working on completing the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The final plan will be released in October. Once the EIS is released, she will focus on promoting the monument in the local community.
Melissa's interests lie within the areas of agriculture, marketing, land use, and planning. Melissa has been active with many agricultural and community service organizations while at Cal Poly and hopes to continue her involvement with similar organizations while living in the Coachella Valley. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, being outdoors, doing volunteer work and tackling home improvement projects.