Melissa Molina was born in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Arlington, Arizona. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2004, after attaining a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in 2000. Melissa's career has taken many impressive turns, first with the judicial system in Arizona, and then a hop to California, where she worked with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) in Los Angeles, and then as the Sr. Development Associate and Grant Administrator at A Place Called Home (APCH) in South Central LA.
In 2010, she joined the UFW Foundation (UFWF) as the Arizona State Director, providing low-cost legal immigration services. Four years later, she continued her advocacy work as the Center Director for Immigration and Citizenship Legal Assistance in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. But thankfully for Stand for Children, she felt a strong desire to be closer to her family, coming home to work as a part-time development consultant for The Honey Foundation until joining Stand in January of 2017.
Melissa loves to travel, when her two cats actually let her leave.