ABOUT MELISSA

I grew up in Fargo attending Fargo Public Schools. After graduating from Fargo South High, I attended the University of Nebraska and majored in English. I then attended law school at the University of North Dakota, where I met my husband, Grant Syverson, while he was in medical school. After graduating from law school and medical school, we moved to Wisconsin where I worked as a federal law clerk, associate at a large law firm, and as a professional development director at the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

In 2017, we moved back to Fargo when I started my dream job as an Assistant United States Attorney in Fargo's United States Attorney's Office. My husband began working as a pediatric rheumatologist for Sanford Health. We knew moving back to Fargo would be fantastic for us because we would be closer to family and our children would be able to receive terrific educations through Fargo Public Schools. 

Since we've been back in Fargo, both my husband and I are active in our community. I am on the board of The Arts Partnership and served as the elementary parent representative on the Covid Instructional Committee for Fargo Public Schools. Both my husband and I were raised by educators and are passionate advocates for keeping our public schools strong and well-supported. When my mother, long-time Fargo Public Schools principal Nancy Burkland, passed away in March 2022, I felt an overwhelming desire to carry on her legacy of supporting public education and run for the Fargo School Board.