Melissa Koe – Twin Cities
Melissa Koe (she/they) hails from Sungai Petani, Malaysia and is of Malaysian Chinese descent. Melissa immigrated to Minneapolis, MN in 2016 to finish her degree at the University of Minnesota. There, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Health, and in 2018 led a project to improve sexual health access for international students, which won the Tony Diggs Excellence in Inclusion Award.
As evidenced in their educational background, Melissa is passionate about public health and has experience working in the fields of sexual health, domestic violence, mental health, and chemical health. In addition to this, she also is a strong believer in collective power and currently works in a role where she organizes small business owners and entrepreneurs around community investments like the care economy, healthcare, tax fairness, anti-monopoly, and capital access.
Melissa lives with their partner Colin, and two cats Shadow and Clover in South Minneapolis, where they currently call home. She stays engaged in her community by volunteering for The Shui Project - a Pan Asian food popup and helping to support unhoused neighbors. She enjoys experimenting with food, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.