Melissa Fox is an Orange County native and longtime community leader who currently serves on the Irvine City Council. She is also an attorney, small businesswoman and mother, who learned the importance of public service from her parents — her father was a police officer and combat veteran and her mother was a librarian. Now, she has her own family and is the proud mother of her son Max, who currently serves as a firefighter, EMT, and HazMat specialist.
Melissa has been recognized for her fiscally responsible approach to government, earning the "OC Taxpayer Watchdog Award." The OC Register also described Melissa as "an incredible advocate for veterans.” The Irvine City News has lauded Melissa Fox as “a decisive, compassionate and thoughtful leader in our city,” noting that “Fox has been fearless.”
A proven leader during the coronavirus pandemic, Melissa has given out masks, food, and other essential items to our frontline healthcare workers and those in need, fought for a moratorium on evictions in Irvine, created a safe way to keep our farmers market open, and conducted wellness checks on our seniors. Melissa spoke out against the OC Board of Supervisors and fought to require that all people must wear face masks or coverings while in public.
A former OC Fire Authority board member, Melissa has always stood up for our local first-responders and prioritized local 911 emergency response services, especially during the pandemic. Additionally, as Chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust, she guided that organization to win numerous awards for building affordable housing for working families, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Her accomplishments include awards for fiscal responsibility and government transparency (number one in the nation), awards for public safety (number one in the nation), awards for creating affordable housing, awards for increasing children's health, awards for sustainability and environmental achievements, reinstatement of the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee, expansion of the iShuttle to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, implementation of a $19 million plan to reduce traffic congestion, returning live music to Irvine with the opening of a 12,000-seat live music amphitheater in the Great Park, opening of the Great Park Sports Complex, including the Championship Soccer Stadium, the Ice Arena, the Great Park Baseball Stadium, and numerous sports fields, as well as bringing Pretend City Children’s Museum and the new Wild Rivers Water Park to the Great Park.
Melissa lives in the Portola Springs neighborhood of Irvine with her husband, Dr. Michael Fox, and their Siberian Husky rescue, Chief.