Board Member, UCI Alumni Association
CEO, Big Brothers - Big Sister of OC
UC Irvine – 1997, M.B.A., Paul Merage School of Business
Melissa is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County and the Inland Empire. Melissa is responsible for the general operations and oversight of 65 staff members and all programming for the over 3,300 children the agency serves annually. During her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Melissa has launched a workplace-mentoring program that has partnered the agency with some of the most premier corporations in the country and led the expansion into San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Melissa is a tireless advocate for children facing adversity, believing that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and reach their full potential. Through her work, other philanthropic commitments and public speaking engagements, she is bringing awareness to the importance of youth mentoring in helping create systemic socioeconomic change.
Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Melissa served as the executive director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business.Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in economics from Northern Arizona University and an Executive MBA (magna cum laude) from the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business. Melissa is a Visionary member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle at the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business, serves on the advisory board for the Brandman University Business School, is a member of Orange County Young Executives and sits on the board of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy and Research Institute at UC Irvine. Melissa and her husband Harry live in Laguna Niguel with their three sons.