Melisa is an attorney with extensive experience in government affairs, community relations and public policy. She serves in the Minnesota Senate since her election in 2012. Melisa was named “40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; recognized as a “Woman of Promise” by the Girl Scouts River Valleys; and as a Young Corporate Achiever by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Melisa is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria; alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders in Northern Ireland; and a fellow of the British American Project. Melisa volunteers on the board of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys and Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES).