Melissa Rohde is a researcher for Water in the West and a graduate student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and conducts research on groundwater management in water stressed regions. Since arriving at Stanford, she has served as a project leader for Engineers for a Sustainable World, participated in the Woods Rising Environmental Leadership Program, and conducted research for Water in the West's "Understanding California's Groundwater" series, an online resource that translates extensive research into online data visualizations to communicate the impacts of groundwater overdraft in California for a broad audience. Her dual interests in water and policy have led her to become recently involved with local politics by serving on an advisory board for the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors.