Melissa is Chief of Staff at Elemental Excelerator, driving strategy and developing opportunities that further the mission.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Melissa practiced commercial litigation, real estate, and municipal project finance law at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She has worked for the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. on environmental health policy and for the United Nations Development Program on community and individual land rights issues.  Melissa was also a Nature Conservancy Science fellow at the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University where she focused on international ecosystem service valuation mechanisms. Melissa has a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law with an additional certificate in environmental law and a B.S. from Santa Clara University.

Outside of the office

Melissa enjoys surfing, hiking, and traveling.

Honors, speaking, & press mentions

More from Melissa in these select interviews and articles: