Melissa joined the STAR/PAL team in 2022 as the Program Manager. Growing up she always envisioned wanting to help others and getting involved in the community. Melissa chased her passion and graduated from San Diego City College with an Associate Degree in Science and furthered her education to San Diego State where she received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She enjoys seeing youth learn and grow through different experiences and opportunities that come their way and given a chance to engage that they might have not had the opportunity to before. Forming positive relationships, making an impact on an individual’s life, and connecting with youth and families is something Melissa truly enjoys.
Originally from the Bay area, Melissa moved to San Diego at the start of high school. Apart from her studies, she enjoys spending with family, working out, and eating some authentic food.