Melissa is currently a Chief Executive Officer with Big Brothers Big Sisters overseeing Orange County and the Inland Empire. As CEO of the largest agency in California and one of the largest agencies in the U.S. (out of 340), Melissa is responsible for the general operations and oversight of 50 staff members and all programming for the over 2,200 children the agency serves through 200,000 volunteer hours per year. 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, lead their expansion into San Bernardino and Riverside counties and in her first year received the gold standard award as one of the top performing agencies in the country and was nominated for both agency and board of directors of the year. 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. She is a sought after speaker both on the plight of at-risk youth as well as women/mothers in leadership roles.
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. During her tenure with the CIWM, she helped raise over $3.3 million for the School, grew the advisory board to include over 55 of the most prominent wealth management firms in Southern California and established the center as a thought leader and source of innovative analysis for new methodologies and strategies within the wealth management industries. Melissa began her career in public accounting working with some of the country’s most prominent professional athletes and musicians on multi-state tax strategy.
Melissa received her Bachelors of Science 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 serves on the Executive Board for Project Hope Alliance 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 and is a member of Orange County Young Executives. Melissa and her husband Harry live in Laguna Niguel with their three sons.Melissa