Mel- Fowler-Green has 15 years of experience as an attorney advocating for social justice, and currently is the Executive Director for the Metro Human Relations Commission. Mel has spent her legal career as an advocate committed to human and civil rights, and has a focus on making Nashville a more tolerant, welcoming and inclusive place.
Mel was the first staff attorney hired by the ACLU of Tennessee, where she worked on issues of racial justice, religious tolerance and LGBT rights. She argued the case before the Tennessee Supreme Court challenging the state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In private practice, she has worked exclusively as a plaintiff-side attorney representing low-wage workers and individuals who have suffered discrimination based on race, sex, national origin and disability. Additionally, she has advised university students on Title VI discrimination.