Rachel Melissa

Rachel is a lawyer, a mom, and an amateur pie baker.  Though she chose to pursue a career in the law, her true passion has always been music — she grew up playing the piano and clarinet, and to this day takes refuge in listening to music of all kinds.  Rachel also loves hiking, traveling, reading, and laughing about funny things with her family.

After graduating from University of Oregon School of Law in 2004, Rachel worked for two Oregon judges before moving to Washington, D.C. to work as a litigator at a large global law firm.  Rachel returned to Portland in 2009 and began practicing environmental law with a focus on regulatory compliance.  In 2020, she made another transition to join her family’s business, Melissa Data, as in-house counsel.

Rachel finds great joy in supporting the many talented artists in Portland’s music community, and is delighted to join the JWF in its mission to provide critical support for these artists.