Melanie brings almost a decade of public affairs experience on a diverse range of issues, including tech, cannabis, organized labor, climate change, healthcare, infrastructure, and housing. In her tenure at Dewey Square Group, Melanie has directed several successful campaigns to address California’s housing crisis, pass ambitious climate laws, expand access to adult-use cannabis, and secure wins for unionized frontline healthcare workers.
Prior to joining Dewey Square Group, Melanie led digital communications for AFSCME local 3930 (UDW), using digital tools to organize domestic workers and bolster progressive efforts in the California legislature. Before that, Melanie worked at another public affairs firm where she developed messaging and built broad coalitions for ballot measures and legislative and regulatory issues in California for clients from many different sectors, corporations and nonprofits. There, she directed several digital advocacy campaigns, successfully gaining the attention of elected officials ranging from school board members to members of Congress. Melanie was also actively involved in the California statewide No on Prop 53 campaign in 2016, successfully defeating the initiative after starting with only 15% of the electorate opposed.
Melanie holds a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from CSU San Bernardino and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from CSU San Marcos.