Melissa lives in the Avondale community with her partner and 2-year-old son Leo. Before becoming Chief of Staff, Melissa was a professional community organizer. Melissa organized for 6 years, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for a fair tax system and a just budget in Illinois. She joined Representative Guzzardi's District Office team in January 2019. Melissa is passionate about fighting to end racism, sexism, and classism, and building a Government that works to serve the needs of the many, not the few. The issues closest to Melissa are housing justice, fair taxation, and worker's rights.
Josec lives in Avondale neighborhood, and prior to becoming a our Legislative Aid, Josec was an outreach intern for United States Senator Tammy Duckworth. Josec joined Representative Guzzardi’s District Office team in June 2019. Some of the things Josec is most passionate about are immigration policy, foreign policy, and national security. As a legislative aid in Representative Guzzardi’s District office, his job is to manage the casework load of constituents seeking assistance from our office and manage our office's community outreach program.