Meet Melissa Fox

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An Orange County native, Melissa Fox is a business owner, wife, mother, attorney, veterans’ advocate and dedicated community leader.

Melissa is the founder of the Melissa Fox Law Firm, a civil law and public affairs 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, Vice Chair of the Irvine Land Trust, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Melissa believes that one of the many blessings that have come to Irvine as a result of our great cultural diversity is the extraordinary number of wonderful locally-owned restaurants featuring cuisine from around the globe.  For that reason, Melissa created and leads the Irvine Food Tour, where a local restaurant’s owner or chef selects the menu and explains the food.  So far, Melissa has led Irvine Food Tour visits to Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Persian and Middle Eastern restaurants, as well as to 99 Ranch Supermarket and Bread Farm Bakery and Café.  Melissa believes that the Irvine Food Tour is also a great way to support local businesses and to help connect local business owners with the community.  If you’d like to join Melissa on a future Irvine Food Tour, send her an email letting her know.

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 serves as a volunteer adult leader with the Sea Scouts (a co-ed program of the Boy Scouts of America) at the Dana Point Sea Base.  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 Exchange Club of Irvine, 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.

Melissa lives with her husband, Dr. Michael Fox, and their teenage son Max, in the Portola Springs community of Irvine.

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