Full time candidate for the New York State Assembly
Before becoming a full-time candidate, Melissa served as Director of Development at Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and before that worked at the Actors Federal Credit Union for 19 years helping actors manage their finances while serving as Director of Collections
B.A., SUNY Buffalo
Melissa was on the SAGE Advisory Committee for LGBT seniors, assisted the Hetrick-Martin Institute with its young adult programming, served as President of the Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Board Co-Chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda, and Board Co-Chair of the National Stonewall Democrats.
Prior Public Experience
Melissa has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the New York Police Department Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Committee; the Faella Commission of the New York State Unified Court System; Governor Cuomo’s Memorial Commission to Honor Lives Lost to Hate and Intolerance; and Community Board 2. She has also served as an elected Judicial Delegate for 10 years in the 30th Assembly District, where she is currently running.
I’m running for State Assembly because I want to use my 20+ years of political experience to preserve what’s so great about our neighborhoods and to fight for what we need – better transit, more public schools, and ensuring our neighborhoods remain affordable for everyone from young families to seniors. I’m also running because this district deserves a leader who understands and votes the right way on protecting a women’s right to choose and safeguarding our immigrant neighbors. These pivotal times demand an Assemblymember who knows how to get things done and cut through the red tape in Albany. I hope I’ll earn your vote on Thursday, September 13th.