As the Deputy Director for the City of Sacramento Office of Innovation and Economic Development, Melissa’s top priority is to support the City in implementing strategies that leverage job and business growth opportunities in Sacramento.
Melissa has over 20 years of experience in economic development principles, practices, and implementation including community and business development, real estate development, and redevelopment. She has been with the City since August 2004 and has been instrumental in implementing a number of projects, programs and policies that have been significant to Sacramento’s economic growth – including the Innovation and Growth Fund, Sale of the Army Depot site, and the Jobs Incentive Policy that paved the way for Centene. In addition, Melissa organizes and manages the overall operations for the Office of Innovation and Economic Development.
Melissa is a graduate of California State University, East Bay (formally Hayward), with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration. Melissa is also a 2018 Equitable Economic Development Fellow through the National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Prior to Sacramento, Melissa was an Economic Development Specialist with the City of Fremont.