Melissa is a first-generation Latina who was born and raised in East San Jose. She graduated with her BA in Sociology with an emphasis in education from the University of San Francisco and is currently pursuing her Masters degree at San Jose State University. Melissa has worked with East San Jose families for the past five years and firmly believes in the power of the Latinx community. She is a passionate community advocate and supporter of education-driven programs and initiatives for the community. As Education Programs Manager, she oversees HFSV’s College Success Center programs and works directly with scholars, families, and community partners. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys having family game nights and spending time with her pets.