MEET IRVINE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER MELISSA FOX
Melissa Fox is an Orange County native, a business owner, wife, mother, attorney, veterans’ advocate, and dedicated community leader.
Melissa is the founder of the Melissa Fox Law Firm located in Irvine, California, specializing in business law and public affairs advocacy. She has also earned a California real estate broker’s license.
She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Tulane University School of Law, and is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the United States Tax Court.
Melissa was elected in November 2016 to a four-year term on the Irvine City Council. She previously served for four years as a Commissioner on the City of Irvine Community Services Commission, which advises the City on Irvine’s parks, recreational, cultural, and youth facilities and programs. As a member of the Community Services Commission, Melissa fought to ensure that developers provide ample open space and park and recreation facilities for both children and adults, for increased childcare, and to ensure that our seniors have state-of-the-art recreation and healthcare facilities. She has championed active and public transportation in Irvine as a means of reducing traffic congestion, and has also been Irvine’s most public advocate for more and safer bicycling, for both recreation and commuting.
Melissa also serves as Vice Chair of the Great Park Board of Directors, Chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Fire Authority. She is also the Chair of the Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee.
In addition to her service as an Irvine City Council Member and Community Services Commissioner, Melissa has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Beckman High School Football Boosters and Beckman High School Wrestling Boosters, and served as a volunteer adult leader with the Sea Scouts, a co-ed program of the Boy Scouts of America. Melissa also served in the Orange County Park Ranger Reserve.
Melissa also participates in many professional and community organizations, including the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, the Women Lawyers Association, and Women in Leadership.
The daughter of a Korean War combat veteran, Melissa has been active in advocating for increased City support for veterans, particularly those recently returning from deployment. She has called for the creation of an Irvine Veterans Advisory Committee, so that veterans have a strong voice of their own in city government. She has also been a steadfast supporter of a Southern California Veterans Cemetery. The Orange County Register has called her “an incredible advocate for veterans.”
Since her election to the Irvine City Council, Melissa has received the Orange County Taxpayers Watchdog Award for fiscal responsibility, the Active Transportation Change Maker Award from the Alliance for a Healthy Orange County, the Hero of Children Award from the Child Abuse Prevention Network, and has been named Orange County’s “Best Politician” by the Orange County Weekly.
Melissa is committed to being a strong pro-planning, pro-resident, and fiscally responsible voice on the City Council, working to reduce traffic congestion, keep education and innovation our city’s highest priorities, ensuring our kids are safe, fulfilling the promise of the Great Park, supporting local businesses, celebrating the diversity that makes Irvine such a special place, and continuing to improve our quality of life.
Melissa lives with her husband, Dr. Michael Fox, in the Portola Springs community of Irvine. Their teen-age son Max is studying firefighting and emergency services management at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
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