Melissa has worked in cultural resources management since 2008. She graduated from Santa Clara University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Bachelor of Arts in History. Ms. Johnson currently holds a position as Project and Proposal Director at Far Western’s Davis office. Prior to this, she worked as Projects Coordinator/Staff Archaeologist at a Sacramento-based cultural resources firm. Initially conducting fieldwork throughout northern California, Ms. Johnson has more recently focused her interests in research-based projects. This work has included documenting the locations of intact Native American burials versus re-burial locations resulting from various capital improvement projects, as well as projects that have required the organization and accumulation of massive quantities of data. She prepared an archaeological sites sensitivity study for over 400 miles of roadway in Stanislaus County, and managed cultural resources data for over 100 California Army National Guard armories throughout California.
In her capacity as Proposal Coordinator, Ms. Johnson has over three years of experience writing proposals and navigating state and local agencies’ processes for request for proposals/qualifications as well as the intricacies of federal contracting, including General Service Agency and military bids.
Melissa’s Featured Projects
- California Army National Guard Cultural Resources Database
- PG&E Staff Support
- Caltrans Reburials Project