Melissa grew up in Canada and Portland where she was exposed to entrepreneurship at an early age. Hard work, discipline and focus were consistent themes as she went on to study political science and art history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Melissa entered the world of fashion and consumer goods from a marketing perspective as she pursued a digital marketing career working with brands like Gap, Microsoft, Samsung and lululemon. Combined with her constant exposure in manufacturing, the industry her family pursued, she takes a customer-centric approach in business operations.
Valerie was raised in Virginia and moved to Portland for her high school years. She is a wandering star having studied Apparel Design in London and Portland and now residing in Honolulu, HI. As Head of Design, Valerie draws inspiration from her experiences traveling keeping a simplistic and utilitarian approach to her designs - easy, on-the-go while pursuing a contemporary twist to classic designs.
Tricia grew up in Sacramento, CA and studied graphic design at San Jose State University. After pursuing a successful career as a graphic designer at a corporate law firm, she spread her wings as a self-starter and entrepreneur to start an artisanal soy candle company, type.lites, and joined the leadership team of a lululemon store in San Francisco where she met Melissa. Tricia established Ursa Major’s brand identity and is constantly inspired by product, process, and people to develop best-in-class marketing strategies.