Melanie’s plan was to study law at Columbia University, then come back to Canada. But New York City had other plans. She stayed, and after four years art a prestigious midtown law firm she became a litigator for the City, where she’s litigated on behalf of New York City’s trees and water supply. As General Counsel for the City’s Racial Justice Commission, she oversees the legal aspects of proposals to change the City’s 17th-century Charter to advance racial equity. The role puts the Kamloops, BC-born Ash right at the heart of City government where she says “no one considers you an outsider because you’re from Canada. I’m welcome like anyone else.” Watch the video.