Melody Ma is a neighbourhood advocate for Vancouver’s Chinatown, leading a campaign called #SaveChinatownYVR. She has been advocating for better municipal urban planning policy and thoughtful development throughout Chinatown and more recently greater Vancouver, while inspiring Vancouverites to recognize the importance of the historic area to our collective history and its current residents. She also is an active writer on urban issues and her opinion editorials have appeared on the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail.
Melody is vocal on many aspects of civic life focusing on socio-cultural issues in Vancouver and BC. Her most recent campaigns include highlighting the role of “artwashing” by real estate developers in Vancouver through therealfightforbeauty.ca, the rollback of the new City of Vancouver logo, and advocating for the City of Vancouver to adopt cultural sustainability policy while she was a member of the City’s Arts and Culture Policy Council. In 2016, Melody was featured as a local change maker on the cover of Georgia Straight for 2016’s International Women’s Day.
Melody co-founded the young patrons group for Ballet BC, was the local Vancouver co-Chair and National co-Chair of Business for the Arts’ artsScene. In 2015, Melody led a movement with the BC provincial government, BC Teachers’ Federation’s Computer Using Educators of BC, and industry, to bring coding into BC schools. She launched Codecreate, the largest youth coding event in BC, started the BC chapter of Kids Code Jeunesse, and led the 2015 Hour of Code campaign in BC. Melody also sat on the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training’s Tech Workforce Strategy job readiness subcommittee and was an invited expert of an W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Web Accessibility Initiative committee.
Melody’s advocacy work has been featured on the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the Globe and Mail, Metro News, South China Morning Post, the Georgia Straight, CBC, CKNW, News1130, Global News, among other media outlets.
Outside of her advocacy work, Melody is a software product marketer and web developer. She was born and raised in Vancouver. Melody attended the highly selective two-year VSB/UBC Transition Program and graduated from the University of British Columbia at 19.