About Melisa


Melisa has a proven track record of bringing communities together to advance important initiatives.  She has always been driven by a passion for hard work and has been a lifelong volunteer in her community.  Melisa grew up in Puerto Rico where she was an active Girl Scouts member for 12 years and was involved with the 4H organization.  Melisa and her husband, Nathan, enjoy cooking, hiking, traveling and visiting their cabin up north in Finland, Minnesota.


Professional Experience

  • Attorney at Target Corporation


  • Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law
  • Master of Public Policy, Concentration Economic and Community Development, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota



  • Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
  • President Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • Founder Law Student Endowment Fund Scholarship, Hamline University School of Law
  • Volunteer: Neighborhood House, Center for Urban and Regional
    Affairs, Centro Legal, the Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Women Lawyers


  • Girl Scouts “Woman of Promise” Centennial Award Honoree
  • Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Young Corporate Achiever
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota “25 on the Rise”