So, you need a writer.


I can help.


My name is Mel.

I’m an Oakland-based writer who’s covered everything from top 5 coffee shops to the best way to Kegel to the history and development of treasured local landmarks. I’ve ghost-written, SEO-optimized, and user-experienced my way into a vast and diverse writing portfolio over the last few years—so when I tell you I can write anything that needs it, I’m not lying.

I left the sharp mountain peaks of Idaho to attend college in the lush Willamette Valley before diving head first into the everyday tumult that is the Bay Area. I am not from one place, so much as I’m an amalgamation of all the small worlds I’ve inhabited—which makes me fun at parties and killer at team problem-solving.

My current adventure is as a staff writer at Digital Press, where I partner with C-suite executives to craft thought leadership content in industries like blockchain, cybersecurity, health, and education. In my downtime, I freelance at digital publications like Brit + Co, The Bold Italic, KQED, and Book Riot.

And, of course, I’m writing a few books.


SElected work


The Rebirth of the Oakland Auditorium

After more than a decade of sitting empty, the treasured city landmark is finally set to open again.


7 Bad Slack Habits That Make Your Coworkers Hate You

Basically, it all comes down to respecting your coworkers’ time. Don’t waste it, and they won’t hate you—at least not because of your Slack etiquette.


5 Places in the Bay Area to Find the Perfect Donut

When it comes to a simple morning indulgence, few things beat a cup of coffee and a warm donut—except maybe two donuts.


Drop Me a Line


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