Hello, I’m Melissa!
I joined MWA as the Community Advocate in 2016, after graduating from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. At CUNY, I studied public interest law and advocacy-oriented strategies for legal representation. During law school, I worked as a legal intern at Food & Water Watch and at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Prior to that, I worked on corporate accountability issues at the media outlet CorpWatch.org and at a plaintiff-side personal injury law firm that brought class action suits against toxic chemical manufacturers.
Although I grew up in D.C., my roots can be traced through over seven generations of Pennsylvanians. I have been coming to visit friends and family and enjoy the wilderness of Pennsylvania regularly since I was an infant. I have loved getting to explore and learn more about the Laurel Highlands.
As Community Advocate, I strive to educate and empower communities about legal tools and processes that might be available as communities seek to protect themselves from the impacts of natural gas and coal extraction.