OUR TEAM

Maria F. Melo, Executive Director 

Maria F. Melo is the inaugural Executive Director of 805 UndocuFund as a 501 c(3). Maria is a proud bilingual (English/Spanish) and bi-cultural immigrant Latina policy and management professional with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors in California, Washington D.C. and Latin America. With a passion for social justice, Maria has built a solid track record working with community stakeholders to advance the programmatic priorities of the organizations she’s worked with. These include the Consulate of Colombia in Los Angeles where she held the position of Deputy Consul, as well as the Los Angeles Region American Red Cross, and more recently, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest provider of LGBT specific services in the world.

Maria received a master’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, and is a graduate of UCLA Extension’s Certificate in General Business with a Concentration in Marketing, as well as a graduate of Coro SoCal Women in Leadership Cohort 4. She enjoys cooking and currently resides in Ventura, California with her wife and children, having also lived in Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Madrid (Spain), and Bogotá, Colombia.

Jennifer Ortiz, Operations Coordinator

Jennifer Ortiz is the inaugural Operations Coordinator of the 805 UndocuFund. Jennifer is a proud bilingual (Spanish/English), first-generation Chicana. Jennifer was raised in Oxnard, California and is the daughter of immigrants from Michoacan, Mexico. She graduated from Cal State Channel Islands with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

Jennifer’s passion for social justice and working with her community is rooted from her experience growing up in Oxnard. Before joining the 805 UndocuFund team, Jennifer became active with the youth community in Oxnard. Over the past five years, she has worked with the youth in different sectors such as a behavioral health youth counselor and as an activity leader for Oxnard City Corps. Jennifer primarily worked with the Latinx youth and their families which resulted in Jennifer hearing their stories and feeling empowered to do more for her community. This led to Jennifer wanting to get more involved by advocating, teaching and empowering her community to fight for equity and equality.

Jennifer is proud to be a part of the 805 UndocuFund team and hopes to continue to work with her community in creating a long-term system change. Jennifer currently resides in Ventura, California. Jennifer loves travel, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and friends.