“My life has been dedicated to ensuring opportunity for all and helping the people around me. This district is me – I was born here and my family lives here. Together we can change lives for the better.” – Melissa
Melissa San Miguel was born and raised in the Mission district of San Francisco. She is the daughter of immigrants and the proud product of a working-class union family and Lowell High. At an early age, Melissa saw the inequities in the schools and neighborhoods of her beloved city. She quickly understood the disgraceful gap in educational opportunities for low income people and people of color, and devoted herself to fixing it as an Education Advocate.Read More
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley as the Valedictorian in the Political Science Department, Melissa served as an Executive Fellow at the California Department of Education and worked on issues such as early childhood education and foster youth services. She worked for California Forward as a Project Assistant promoting state fiscal reforms and local government empowerment. Melissa continued her efforts with The Education Trust-West, a statewide education advocacy group focused on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. Most recently, Melissa led a two-year legislative campaign at the National Center for Youth Law that increased education services and supports to 40,000 foster youth in California who were previously ineligible and successfully advocated for additional state dollars for these youth.
Melissa is proud of her work to help the underserved throughout the state and continues those efforts through her activity in the Democratic Party. She was an at-large Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention – nominating Barack Obama to be President. Melissa has been a leader in local political groups with an emphasis on getting things done, and not just talking!