by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Getting the Job Done Well

With a life motto of “Status Quo – No Bueno,” Melissa Cizauskas is sure to be working on something big. Real estate agent, volunteer, mother, wife and, most recently, community organizer and radio host, Melissa has several goals and her track record proves she will get the job done.

Melissa and her family relocated to Carmel Valley almost five years ago from the Silicon Valley area. Melissa is a successful realtor among many other pursuits. Husband Michael owns Royal Palm Pool, and their daughter is active in volleyball, dance, and cheerleading.

Recently Melissa has organized the Women Entrepreneurs Group in Carmel Valley. The idea was a “light bulb moment” after running into a few people she knew from the gym at an open house she was hosting. Melissa admitted, “I realized that I truly had no idea (apparently nor did many of these gym members) how amazing the people were that I was working out next to.” And the Women Entrepreneurs Group was born. “In Carmel Valley especially, there are many self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs, and it’s important to get to know those in your community because we are closer than we think,” she stated. “Why not learn who we could do business with?” With the success of the local group, Melissa is in the process of establishing a Women’s Networking Group in Orange County.


Melissa’s energy and commitment has also proven to be a key to her success in real estate. Since 1989 she has worked in a variety of areas from new home development to title and escrow, and her accomplishments have been recognized and awarded in both Northern California and San Diego. Today Melissa is a top agent at Keller Williams Carmel Valley/Del Mar.

Within her schedule Melissa also carves out time to give back. “I have volunteered for years singing at homeless missions in San Diego County and volunteered at nursing homes,” she explained. Melissa shared her next goal: “To open a convalescent care facility for assisted living and memory care for people that cannot afford to care for themselves.”

For those looking to build a successful professional and personal life, Melissa has created her own radio program on the topic. She recommends coaching to connect people to their passions and purpose. “I want people to feel that it’s not only okay to be different, but to live by how they have been designed.”


Name: Melissa Cizauskas
Profession: Real Estate Agent
Community: Carmel Valley since 2010
Hobbies: Spin class, boxing, reading, knitting, cooking, and being a mom and a wife
Favorite Local Spots: Torrey Pines hiking, Powerhouse Park, Jake’s, and Pacifica Del Mar