An executive at The Walt Disney Company for over 16 years, Melanie provided legal and business counsel and expertise in intellectual property and marketing. Prior to joining Disney, Melanie was General Counsel for a technology software company. After law school, Melanie worked as an associate at an entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of State and two federal court judges. Melanie holds a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara, a law degree from USC, and completed courses in legal studies at Harvard.
Melanie is dedicated to arts integration in education and has over 10 years of experience working with her children's private, charter and public schools - all schools chosen for their commitment to the arts and arts integration in their curricula. Most recently, Melanie served for three years with the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center's K-12 Arts Integration Outreach Program pathways, implemented at West Creek Academy. The program exposes students to the visual and performing arts, while collaborating with local educators to develop enhanced arts education programs in line with California’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards.
Melanie collaborated with the Theatrical Education Group to bring their award winning Shakespearience youth workshops to students at her local public middle school. Melanie also enjoyed teaching the Meet the Masters visual art program in the classroom and providing pro bono legal education services as a volunteer teacher for California Lawyers for the Arts.
During her first year as a CHAMPS parent, Melanie served on the School Site Council and was a member of PTSA. She also successfully secured CHAMPS' International Thespian Society grant for its inaugural troupe for the Theatre Academy. Her oldest daughter is a student in CHAMPS' class of 2020. She looks forward to serving CHAMPS, now in the capacity as a member of the Board of Directors.
In her free time, Melanie enjoys creating visual art and media. While you'd be hard pressed to get Melanie on stage, she is an enthusiastic audience member. In addition to regularly attending CHAMPS' performances, she enjoys frequenting her local community theatre, Pantages Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl, where she loves to spend a night out with family and friends.