Melissa Ortiz is a compassionate conservative who is enthusiastic about working with both sides of the aisle on behalf of Americans with disabilities. She has worked in the classroom in Nashville, Tennessee, in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC and New York City, on a number of political campaigns around the country, and has bent the ear of some of the country’s most powerful leaders as Ms. Wheelchair New York 2005. She identifies as a “happy patriot” and is passionate about driving a dialogue between conservatives and people living with disabilities. She is uniquely suited to bridge the gap between these two groups and is passionate about bringing them together to create solutions. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband Tony and Service Dog Dachshund, Annie Oakley.