A native San Diegan, Melissa grew up in Point Loma and Mission Hills, attending both Francis Parker Lower School and The Bishop’s School. Venturing east for college, she graduated from University of Virginia, having interned for both a Senatorial and Presidential campaign. Melissa then headed to Capitol Hill to work for a San Diego Congressman and The Speaker of The House of Representatives. She returned to San Diego to embark on a real estate career, marketing and selling all 21 of the Fifth Avenue Lofts, a commercial conversion of San Diego’s former FBI Building.
Upon completion of this project, Melissa pursued her MBA in Real Estate Finance at University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. During business school, Melissa worked with Endeavor Real Estate Group and Southwest Value Partners. Upon graduating in 2005, she was Trammell Crow’s top recruit nationwide and joined their New York City office. Melissa was assigned to Verizon’s $2B real estate portfolio monetization and Merrill Lynch’s feasibility study of 2 World Trade Center.
She relocated to Trammell’s Orange County office to assist clients such as Exxon Mobil, 7-Eleven and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf with acquisition and disposition strategies. In 2007, Melissa left corporate real estate to join the Hernholm Group. In 2011, the Hernholm Group was recruited by Sotheby’s International Realty and has become their #1 producer in San Diego County and remains #1 in Mission Hills for the last 16 consecutive years.
Melissa resides in Mission Hills with her husband, a US Naval Commander. She is a member of San Diego’s Venture Group and The Lincoln Club and volunteers at Polinsky’s Children Center in addition to assisting with The Princess Project and her sister’s non-profit, WitKids – Whatever It Takes!