Originally from the City of Festivals (Indio, CA), Mel moved to the Central Valley and received a B.S. in Management from UC Merced and an M.A. in Education- Higher Education Administration and Leadership from CSU Fresno. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Mel worked as an Academic Counselor/Retention Specialist at the College of Business at SFSU and Admissions Evaluator and Academic Advisor at UC Merced. In his spare time, Mel enjoys exploring farmers' markets, hiking, and taking care of his new goldendoodle puppy, Winston.