Melissa DeStefano is a passionate young queer and an enthusiastic progressive leader who happily resides in Downtown Portland, Maine. Originally from Connecticut and having spent time living on the West Coast and traveling the world, Melissa is passionate about community engagement and connection across the globe. She is an avid reader, writer, and observer, and aims to help people in any way that she can.
Melissa graduated from University of New England (UNE) in the spring of 2017 with a B.A. in Communications and minors in both Business and Environmental Studies. She believes in lifetime learning and deep interpersonal bonds. She is humbled daily by the stories of others. Overall, Melissa is a firm believer that all things in the world are interconnected and that small things make big impacts.
Melissa works as the Integrated Content Specialist at UNE in the Office of Communications and Marketing, is on the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee at University of Southern Maine (USM), and is a member of both the Alpha Chi National Honors Society and the Yelp Elite Squad (YES). In her free time, Melissa can be found making jewelry or anywhere in the outdoors with her little dog, Rihanna. They both enjoy eating, playing, and time with friends and family.