Melissa Mata joined the Economic Development team as Economic Development Specialist on January 9th, 2023. In this role, she serves the local business community by offering business assistance programs and advocating for the needs of Sahuarita entrepreneurs. Melissa is actively involved in the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Young Professionals, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Arizona Economic Development Association (AAED).
Melissa has a passion for serving communities and connecting people to the right resources. While completing her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Arizona, Melissa served as the President for the UAICMA Student Chapter where she facilitated networking and educational opportunities for students to learn more about the local government. She also initiated a mentorship program in the Student Chapter for undergraduate and graduate students to connect with young, local leaders from the City of Tucson.