Melanie has nine years of diverse experience working with nonprofits, state and local government, public agencies and residents all working towards a healthy environmental future. She specializes in training and curriculum development, stakeholder engagement, and marketing and social media in the areas of energy, urban greening, waste reduction and litter abatement. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State University Fullerton and graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.
Melanie serves on the USGBC-OC Green Schools Committee, is a 2014 Fellow of the New Leaders Council, Orange County chapter and is a certified Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with at-risk youth. Prior to joining TEC, Melanie managed Affiliate Services for Keep Louisiana Beautiful in New Orleans and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA specializing in volunteer engagement, resource development and disaster relief in Southeast Louisiana following hurricane Katrina.