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Posted on: January 24, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 24, 2024

Meet Your New Council Member

Melanie Grassi Swearing In

At its first City Council meeting of the new year, Melanie Grassi was sworn in as one of two new members of the University Place City Council. Here’s just a bit more information about Council Member Grassi and her goals for her term in office:

Melanie Grassi has been active in the U.P. community since her days as a child following her father, former City Council Member and Mayor Ken Grassi, as he led and participated in various community initiatives.

Grassi has been an active volunteer on numerous community committees and groups, having served on the Daffodil Parade Committee and for other community groups and organizations, including the Tacoma Rescue Mission Family Shelter and the Teen Challenge Women’s Recovery Center. A former small business owner, Grassi currently serves as the executive director of the New School at Chambers Bay and is the executive pastor of OURCHURCH.

With her unique understanding of the city’s past and a fresh vision for University Place’s future, Grassi is dedicated to fostering a safe and welcoming community, as well as advocating for increasing public safety and creating new pathways for easier economic development. A University Place native for over 35 years, Melanie is also a widowed mother to two children, Rosary and Giovanni. Email her at

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