Melissa (she/her) moved to L.A. to join IDA by way of her native New York, Philadelphia, an earlier brief stint in L.A., Washington D.C., and Chicago – in that order. As such, she no longer has much of an accent, but she does know an unusual lot about regional sandwiches. She holds an M.A. in Public History and became a grant writer quite by happy accident. She loves bookstores, riding her bike, old movies, Bruce Springsteen and the Grateful Dead, and she lives for dogs – especially her super senior basset hound, Sue.