The Finance Chair is responsible for completing administrative and financial duties and paperwork as required by USC, as well as maintaining records on the financial transactions of PWA.
Melissa is a second-year Master of Public Administration student. Melissa has spent the last ten years working for various government and non-profit organizations in the natural resources management and environmental policy field. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to develop a state conservation plan, which allowed the greater sage-grouse to avoid federal listing under the Endangered Species Act. This was part of a simultaneous eleven state planning process, which protected over 173-million acres of habitat. Previous to that position, she worked for the Truckee River Flood Project, a $1.6 billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multi-purpose flood control and river restoration project. There she managed natural resource elements of the project, including ecosystem restoration, fish passage improvement, and recreation. She currently holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has returned to graduate school to gain management and leadership skills to compliment her technical skills in order to help effectively lead land and water conservation organizations. In her free time she enjoys all outdoor activities and exploring her new home in Los Angeles.