Melissa Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California, however has a strong tie to the Tucson community. She holds Bachelors of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Arizona and has experience working with Latino families in first generation student programs. Melissa has served the community through different volunteer outlets such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, St. Jude’s Children Research, M.E.Ch.A., and as a sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree at the University of Southern California.
During her time at Amistades, Melissa has coordinated culturally-relevant parent educational programs and substance abuse prevention coalition activities targeting Latino families in Southern Arizona. She has served as a technical assistance liaison in youth advocacy projects and facilitated a youth driven, culturally relevant service learning project addressing food deserts in low income neighborhoods. Melissa coordinated various youth projects focused on substance abuse prevention, youth development, and computer science, for Latino youth in three border school districts in Tucson and Southern Arizona. She currently serves as the technical assistance provider for two federal grants (HRSA & SAMHSA), three state grants (Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family) and three foundation projects (UnidosUS) preventing the use of opioid and underage drinking and providing life skills for the Latino community in three Southern Arizona counties. She implements a state-wide college achievement and retention program with students from local community college and three major state universities. Within the organization, she aids with grant writing, finance, and administrative activities serving as the Executive Assistant.