Melody has a diverse background in sustainability planning, policy development, and regional coordination. Her current project responsibilities at Urban Planning Partners include contributing to CEQA documents such as EIRs, exemptions, addenda, and other streamlined review documents. Her CEQA work entails project research, writing, and land use due dilligence. Melody has provided project assistance for cities such as Orinda, Foster City, Fremont, and Oakland.
Previously at the San Joaquin Council of Governments, Melody specialized in helping local jurisdictions understand affordable housing and implement transit-oriented policies. Through her work on transit needs assessments and Cap & Trade programs, she has organized and facilitated public outreach efforts such as community meetings and informational workshops across the Central Valley. She is well-versed in regional transportation systems, such as the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), and has worked with transit providers on increasing bus service, supporting rail expansion, and innovative mobility solutions.
Melody has extensive experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley, non-profit organizations, private developers, and State agencies like the Air Resources Board. She has presented complex issues and projects to both technical staff and elected officials. She also authored Chapter 7, Innovations in Technology, for the 2018 SJCOG Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).
|San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG)|| ||Associate Regional Planner|
|UC Davis Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability|| ||Greenhouse Gas Inventory Analyst|
|UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy|| ||Research Aide|
|CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference|| ||Student Assistant|
Master of Sustainable Transportation (2019); University of Washington
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Policy Analysis & Planning; University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations; University of California, Davis
* Work with previous employer