From the courtroom to the classroom—Melissa’s values have always stayed the same. Her life is about helping people. Melissa shifted careers to join Achievement First after learning about the mission. She deeply believes in getting kids the resources and education they need and deserve, by ensuring they have teachers and staff who care. Raised by immigrant parents, she saw firsthand the challenges families face when they’re not familiar with the language or the education system. She loves supporting families, building up her community, and working with our kids. For her, this work is especially important because she knows she’s helping shape our future.