Melissa brings over 15 years of advocacy for working people and students to our union, with ten of those years as a staff leader and political director for SEIU 503. In addition to previously serving as the executive director of two other organizations, Melissa has been an incredibly effective champion for SEIU members in the state Capitol and with our allies, ensuring that Oregon’s budgets and policies keep the needs of working people front and center.
She championed the groundbreaking 2011 Moving Oregon Forward report, which amplified members’ ideas for government efficiencies. Melissa also led the establishment of the Homecare Worker Supplemental and Benefits trusts, which today administer paid time off, dental, vision, and supplemental health benefits to over 20,000 members.
Melissa has recently bought her family’s century farm with her siblings and spends much of her free time there with her two sons and their cousins playing with tractors and chicks. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her children and her many friends. They live in Portland.