Irvine Weekly described 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 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.
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 at The Fox Firm, a civil law firm specializing in business law and public affairs.
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. Her specialty is fighting fraud. 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 was a police officer and a combat veteran 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 2-year-old Siberian Husky, 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 North Star Borough HazMat team.