family-smallMelissa’s roots are deep in our communities, with her parents and extended family living close by in Bloomington and Richfield. Melissa grew up in Bloomington and attended Bloomington public schools including graduating from Kennedy High School. Melissa’s parents were both public employees and both devoted their careers to public service as an educator in Bloomington and as a state employee who worked for the Department of Transportation. Melissa and her husband, Craig, have lived for 30 years at the same address in Bloomington and have two children who are 27 and 20.

Melissa has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota in Electrical Engineering and worked for a Fortune 500 telecommunications firm as an engineer, manager and director. Her roles included providing field support of telecommunications equipment, testing and developing new data services and managing teams of network engineers, systems architects and software developers.

Melissa has also been active in her community, working on many committees and boards relating to school, church and sports. In 2009, she was elected to the Bloomington School Board and after two years rose to the position of Chair. As a Board member, she was an active member of District committees and chaired the Legislative Committee for two years. Melissa brought her leadership skills as well as her background in data analysis to the position in order to help the School Board effectively perform its governance and policy-making roles. In 2012, Melissa ran for election to the Minnesota Senate to work for residents of Bloomington and Richfield at the state level.