Melissa has been in the Davis area since she came here for law school and a Master’s degree at UC Davis in the 1980s. As an environmental lawyer and previous volunteer for other organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Riparian Improvement Organization (RIO), she has a depth of experience and knowledge that supplements the other experiences of other Putah Creek Council Board members.
Melissa has long been an advocate for Putah Creek, organizing litter cleanups and installing interpretive signage in the 1990s along the Creek for RIO. She appreciated the work PCC did in the way of advocacy, habitat restoration, and environmental education and wanted to be a part of it. She assists PCC with her head, hands and heart, by proposing changes to policies, volunteering at events, and enjoying the natural beauty of Putah Creek.
Besides being a PCC Board member, Melissa writes novels, rides her horse, trains and shows her two German Shepherds, and works as a water quality lawyer at the law firm of Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento.