Melanie (she/her/hers) is a queer, chicanx feminist raised in National City. She is a graduate from San Diego City College and San Diego State University (SDSU), where she obtained a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Counseling & Social Change.
Before coming onboard as San Diego LGBT Pride’s Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator, Mel worked with various programs that aimed to increase access to higher education and improve retention for low-income, first-generation college students. These programs include: MANA de San Diego’s Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program, SDSU’s Educational Opportunity Programs & Ethnic Affairs (EOP), the Transfer Bridge Program and Compact for Success.
Mel also volunteers with community organizations who share her goals and values. She currently volunteers with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties, South Bay Alliance and the San Diego Chapter of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.
During her free time, Mel enjoys live music, traveling and hanging out with her cat Tegan (yes, named after T&S). Her favorite podcast is Anzaldúing It and her current favorite books are Mean by Myriam Gurba and Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine.