Melissa comes to the UW School of Law after working for the UW Faculty Senate Office where she provided administrative and analytical support to faculty council chairs. Melissa has been an active volunteer in her community, most recently writing grants and fundraising to build a community playground. Melissa has worked most of her professional life in higher education, both in the U.S. and Japan. Before coming to the UW she spent almost four years working and living in Japan, teaching English at middle schools for the Japanese Ministry of Education and then teaching at a private women's university. At the UW she received her PhD in Speech Communication.