Passionate about the power of collaboration, Melissa challenges existing structures of power and privilege to create equitable and inclusive spaces to build community and drive change. Melissa is an organizer, activist and educator at heart. From grassroots community organizing, community science, facilitation, bilingual educational programming, coalition building, to policy and advocacy work, she brings a diverse skill set and a passion for bridging environmental and social justice issues. Melissa is currently the US Coordinator for Break Free From Plastic, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Reusable LA coalition, and Board Member of Plastic Free Restaurants. In all her roles, she’s committed to centering environmental justice, uplifting the expertise of those most impacted, creating welcoming spaces, and driving systemic change. As a wife and mother of two, Melissa is dedicated to doing her part in building a sustainable, socially just and equitable future. In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with her family, learning the ukulele, and connecting with her indigenous roots as part of her healing.