Irvine Weekly describes Melissa Fox as "a decisive, compassionate and thoughtful leader. Fox has been fearless.” An Orange County native and career-long attorney, Melissa has served on the Irvine City Council since 2016 after winning an at-large, citywide election. She also serves as a Board Member of the Orange County Fire Authority and has served as Vice Chair of the Orange County Great Park. As Chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust, she has guided that organization to win numerous awards for building affordable housing for working families, veterans, and people with disabilities,
Melissa has been recognized by the Orange County Auditor-Controller for her fiscally responsible approach to government, earning the "Orange County Taxpayer Watchdog Award." She has also been honored by the Child Abuse Protection Network , receiving the "Hero of Children Award," and been named among the 100 Top Influencers in Orange County by the OC Register and "Best Politician" by the Orange County Weekly. The OC Register has described her as "an incredible advocate for veterans.”
Councilwoman Melissa Fox is the Founder and Senior Attorney of The Fox Firm, a civil law firm specializing in business law, public affairs, and fighting fraud. She is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the United States Tax Court, and a graduate of Brandeis University and Tulane University School of Law. In addition to her law license, she has also earned a California Real Estate Brokers license.
Melissa learned the importance of public service from her parents. Her father is a combat veterans and retired police officer and her mother was a public librarian. Councilwoman Melissa Fox lives in the Portola Springs neighborhood of Irvine with her husband, Dr. Michael Fox, and their Siberian Husky named Chief. Their son, Max, is studying firefighting and emergency management at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and is an EMT and a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough HazMat team.