Melissa is a licensed social worker and community advocate with extensive experience in public service. She is seeking to represent Columbus and District 6 on Columbus City Council. Melissa has worked to address some of Columbus' most pressing challenges, including addiction, homelessness, and environmental sustainability. She played a crucial role in building the infrastructure for the City of Columbus' naloxone distribution programs and founded Project LIFE, a government-funded and administered drug checking program.
If elected, Melissa will be the first licensed social worker to serve on Columbus City Council. Her top priorities will be social, economic, and environmental justice, with a focus on expanding access to resources for people living with substance use disorders, chronic mental health challenges, or experiencing homelessness. Melissa resides on the Hilltop on Columbus' West Side with her partner, Mike, and their two-year-old son, Miles, who are fourth and fifth-generation Hilltop residents.