Melanie G. Ferrer-Vaughn (she/her) is a macro social worker who keeps the individuals and the community at the forefront. Melanie’s compass is driven by justice, equity and liberation. She uses an intersectional lens paired with a strength based and empowerment approach. Melanie believes in bringing your whole self into the room and values authenticity, humility, and intention. Prior to joining the Opportunity Youth Collaborative, she worked for Seneca Family of Agencies where she held an array of positions – as a therapist, supervisor, and director designing and overseeing programs such as a Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Prevention Program, Immigration Program, Juvenile Justice Assessment Program, Outpatient Clinic, and Wraparound Program. She is passionate about working with youth and families, and seeing healing take place on an individual level and helping systems transform. Melanie is originally from the Bay Area, but Los Angeles has been her second home for many years. She resides in Compton with her partner and son. Melanie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on community organization, planning and administration.