Melody is a lawyer, community advocate, and daughter of immigrants. Raised in Chattanooga, she traveled around the country to complete a Bachelor of science in economics from Bentley University, a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a law degree from the University of Southern California. She returned home to serve her community and was the Democratic nominee for Congress in TN’s 3rd District in 2016.

Melody has always been focused on solving problems. Whether it is advising women that are running to represent our communities, participating in a legal clinic for immigrant communities, or working with community partners for local causes, Melody believes in working hard and finding a way to get things done.

Melody’s current work and volunteer priorities include criminal justice reform, support for public education, and access to opportunities through workforce development, jobs, and immigrant rights.

Melody will get things done for Chattanoogans and Tennessee. She has worked hard her entire life. She has stood up to the powerful and helped the powerless. She will stand up for us because we deserve an advocate who does just that: works hard and stands up.