Melissa is an Associate at the Novus Group and MLM Strategies, where she works primarily on the firm's development operations. Prior to joining the Novus team, she was the Campaign Manager for Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins in his successful 2016 reelection bid. Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a BA & MA in Political Science.
Melissa interned for DNC Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, former Senate President Therese Murray and the Edward Brooke Courthouse. She is originally from Santiago, Dominican Republic.
What is an unexpected fact about you?
Who is your personality doppelgänger?
I was threatened with a AUS $20,000 fine for caressing a sea turtle while diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.
As much as I’d like to say Olivia Pope, simply because that is the vision my family and friends have of me as a professional (I don't think they understand what I do), I would say my personality is a combination of Mindy Lahiri (Main character of “The Mindy Project”) and the real Mindy Kaling (Writer, actress, comedian, producer, and fashionista extraordinaire). Mindy and I are confident, determined, career-oriented, goofy, and not afraid to be strong female leaders, while also embracing traditional expressions of femininity. We are both silly, love bright-sparkly fashion, speak very loudly in a somewhat high-pitched voice, and just generally enjoy talking a lot to others. I impart some Mindy-isms here.