Melanie Abe

Commissioner

Melanie is the Executive Communications Coordinator at the Child Development Institute in Woodland Hills, California. She graduated from Whittier College with a degree in both Political Science and Global Cultural Studies and has minors in Chinese and History.

Melanie’s past experiences include working for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in Washington, D.C., where she served as the Congresswoman’s staff assistant, legislative correspondent, and legislative aide from 2011-2013. During her time in D.C., Melanie managed a legislative portfolio of housing reform and policy, postal reform, animal rights/welfare, arts and humanities, travel and tourism, and census.

 

In 2013, Melanie also worked in the district office of Congresswoman Julia Brownley. Serving as the Congresswoman’s field representative, Melanie handled the Congresswoman’s health care portfolio, assisted constituents with health care casework, and represented the Member at local, state, and federal functions.

 

In 2010, Melanie worked as a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, under the direction of Delegate Eni Faleomavaega from American Samoa.

 

Additionally, in 2009, Melanie was selected for an internship with the Department of State in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation, Office of Chemical and Conventional Weapons Affairs (VCI/CCA).

 

In 2007, Melanie was selected as a summer intern for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APACIS). She was placed at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the office of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards.