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1972 – 50 years of service to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry – 2022.

Melissa M. Stevens Bio

Chief Operating Officer

Melissa M. Stevens serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for California Business Properties Association (CBPA.) As COO, she is responsible for operational, financial, and administrative policies and procedures for CBPA.

Prior to joining CBPA in 2008, Melissa served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger before taking on the role of Deputy Protocol Officer (DPO). As DPO, she worked with Consuls General from around the world and assisted in planning foreign diplomatic exchanges with world leaders and heads of State. She served as a Legislative Aide in the California State Senate and Assembly. Melissa’s legislative portfolio included transportation, higher education and veterans’ affairs. She was a key staff member of the Senate Special Committee for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Having served in both Houses of the California Legislature and Governor’s Office, Stevens has a keen understanding of California’s unique political climate.

Melissa brings two decades of experience in both the public and private sector and has a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in International Communication. She currently lives in Yolo County with her husband, Don and their two children.