Melissa Cariño is a proud Filipina-American who was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area. She spent the past two decades on the east coast - mostly in Boston, MA and New York City - but she has also lived in New Mexico and upstate New York. Melissa has working experience with not-for-profit organizational management, planning and community development, social change philanthropy, public policy, and community organizing. Until late 2015, she was the National Field Organizer for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). Melissa currently owns a consulting business called We Are Seeds, LLC. Her passions lie in equity and justice, permaculture, traveling (when she can afford to!), eating good food, and experiencing new things. Both Melissa and her partner are happy to be homesteading in Cottage Grove, Oregon while being proud parents to many furry and feathery kids. She is thrilled to join and be part of the United for a Fair Economy's family!