"As a child, I remember asking my grandfather why we didn't have sidewalks. “Porque no les importa” — because we don’t matter to them — he told me. Safe sidewalks and safe neighborhoods — listening to working families and giving them a voice — is what our campaign is all about."
Melissa is from San Antonio and grew up in District 6 in the Great Northwest neighborhood. She attended Timberwilde Elementary. She recalls her days in the band at Taft High School, where she could look out into the field and see nothing but cows and pasture where major developments exist today.
She attended St. Mary's University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. After graduating, she went to work at City Hall in constituency services. Her time there taught her the importance of responsive and effective city representation. She was able to manage projects and respond to residents in San Antonio get basic needs such as sidewalks and street lamps and improve quality of life.
After that, she worked her way through St. Mary's School of Law and practices law today, specializing in Social Security disability. She has also earned an M.B.A. from UTSA. She was a part of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Latina Leadership Institute and a recent graduate of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's Leadership San Antonio, LSA Class 41.
She was recently selected by St. Mary's School of Law Young Alumni Council as one of the organization's "10 under 10" of exceptional alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years.