Elected Experience: Melanie was elected to the Franklin-Pierce
School Board in 2015 and was instrumental in helping pass the district's first
bond measure in almost 20 years. She played a critical role in the passage of
two school levy renewals in 2018.
Other Professional Experience: US Army veteran, Landlord/Tenant Coordinator, Administrative
Assistant/Case Manager, Diversity Trainer, and Domestic Violence
Education: Saint Martin's
University- Bachelors of Arts and Psychology 1995
Community Service: previously
served as a Commissioner on the Board of the Pierce County Housing Authority
and on the Board of Community Healthcare.
Statement: In my decades as
an advocate, I've promoted the well-being of families, fought for low-income
housing; and ensured underrepresented populations have a champion in the
community. I lead by example-by working collaboratively and building diverse
coalitions to solve complex challenges-and listen to those left out of the decision-making
process. We must put our communities' priorities first. We must fund more
low-income housing, transportation, and public education and we shouldn't tax
people out of their homes to pay for it. Endorsed by Attorney General Bob
Ferguson, Washington State Labor Council, and others.