Melissa currently serves as the CEO and co-founder of KATANA. With over 20 years of experience in digital and traditional advertising, Melissa works to expand and grow KATANA’s core vision of enhancing the personalized marketing experience for all consumers our client’s partner with to achieve their business goals and objectives.

She is a leading figure in the San Diego advertising and marketing community, having served as a former President and Chairman of the Board for SDX, the San Diego chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She has been recognized numerous times for her outstanding contribution to advertising and marketing, and for furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.

She is the recipient of the 2013 AAF Silver Medal Award, recognized as the ‘2016 CEO of the Year’ by the San Diego Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and was a finalist for San Diego magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year. She was also most recently recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Business Woman of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal.