Melissa is Chief of Staff of Elemental Excelerator, focusing on the organization’s long-term initiatives, strategy, and mission. Melissa also supports Innovation and Community at Emerson Elemental, the platform of Emerson Collective committed to strengthening the relationship between humanity and nature through scalable, equitable and innovative solutions.
Melissa serves on the Board of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust for the Island of Oahu and is a member of Women in Renewable Energy, Hawaii Women Lawyers, and works closely with Dawn on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative helping to align local energy stakeholders in supporting and implementing innovation. In a past life, 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.
Originally from Maui, she enjoys surfing, hiking, and traveling.