Melissa is a first-generation Latina 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 holds a Masters degree in Justice Studies from San Jose State University. Melissa has worked with East San Jose families for the past six 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 Director of Programs, Melissa oversees the HFSV’s educational and leadership initiatives. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys watching San Francisco Giants baseball games with her family and spending time with her pups.