Melissa has spent her entire career in the food service industry working from the ground up. Her efforts were rewarded as she rose to prominent management roles with some of the top restaurants and chefs throughout the country. During this time, she found that her passion was hospitality, service, and feeding those in need. Her work within the food industry brought her back to Maine and her current role which is geared towards her passions. As Strategic Accounts Manager at Native Maine Produce, Melissa leads the company’s advocacy and community outreach work while managing a portfolio of more than 600 accounts that consist of schools, non-profits, and institutions across Maine and New Hampshire. Melissa has established relationships with Maine and NH’s Department of Education and the Farm to School Network and works to develop creative and efficient solutions to improve government program efficiencies by prioritizing fruit and vegetable consumption. Melissa is a lifelong Mainer with a deep connection and passion for children, education, advocacy, and food. She currently serves on the Political Advisory Committee for the International Fresh Produce Association and is a member of the Maine Food Convergence and Maine Farm and Sea to School.