Melissa Kanaya

Melissa Kanaya

Delivery Lead

Melissa is currently a delivery lead with Bixal. She has led and supported various projects for clients, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Melissa is originally from Seattle, Washington, and attended the University of Washington, where she received her B.A. in sociology with a minor in women’s studies. She earned her Executive Master’s in leadership from Georgetown University, then went on to receive a master’s degree in public policy from American University. Additionally, she has received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Before joining Bixal, Melissa managed human and social service programs. In her personal time, Melissa enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking and the outdoors. One of her most exciting adventures was scuba diving and vacationing in a converted oil rig in the Celebes Sea, off Sipadan, Malaysia.


  • Training
  • Event and Meeting Planning
  • Policy Analysis and Implementation


  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Bucket List

To get a RV and see where it takes her family.