Melissa grew up in Wilmette Illinois, and is a graduate of Georgetown. She worked for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos for a number of years on her official staff as well as her political team. Melissa now serves as the Communications Director to Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, but she still considers Illinois home. Her hobbies include reading, theater, and traveling. Melissa previously served on the Illinois State Society Board as the Co-VP of Membership.