Council Member Melanie Grassi

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The City of University Place has been a part of Melanie Grassi’s life for over 35 years. As the daughter of the City’s former mayor and councilman Ken Grassi, Melanie’s personal mission is to not only continue her father’s legacy, but to serve every citizen and generation of University Place with excellence. With her unique understanding of the city’s past and a fresh vision for University Place’s future, Melanie is dedicated to continue fostering a safe and welcoming community, as well as advocating for increasing public safety and creating new pathways for easier economic development. 

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Background & Family

Born In: University Place, WA

Family: A University Place native for over 35 years, Melanie is a proud daughter to former University Place mayor and city councilman, Ken Grassi. Melanie is also a widowed mother to two children, Rosary and Giovanni. 


  • Curtis High School + first graduating class of Tacoma School of the Arts 
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Global Bible University


  • Executive Pastor of OURCHURCH 
  • Executive Director at New School at Chambers Bay
  • Former small business owner

Personal Interests

  • Serving as a board member at Elements of Education for SOTA, SAMI, and Idea Schools
  • Serving as a board member at OURCHURCH Foundation
  • Working with widowed mothers both locally and nationally
  • Non-profit work through organizations that serve the local community

Community Service Includes

  • University Place Prop 1 Campaign
  • Committee Member of the University Place Daffodil Parade
  • USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Distribution
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission Family Shelter
  • Teen Challenge Women’s Recovery Center 
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
  • FEMA
  • Birthday Dreams Organization
  • University Place Festival
  • Duck Daze
  • Treasures in the Park