Melissa Lee is a Senior Project Manager, Planning & Community Development with over 20 years of experience as a community organizer and urban planner shepherding socially innovative programs from inception to completion across several US cities. In this capacity, Melissa has been responsible for funding and planning support to help revitalize commercial corridors in urban cores. As part of her responsibilities, she has managed Main Street, façade improvement and placemaking grant programs that have stimulated investments opportunities to redevelop commercial spaces for active use, support small business retention and growth, and facilitate the development of walkable and bike friendly neighborhoods through design.
Melissa envisions equitable design as more than a buzzword. She is committed to making planning more responsive to travel demands of all populations, developing new tools for understanding how urban conditions affect access across racial and socioeconomic disparities, and diversifying the involvement of those participating in planning processes.
Melissa received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Redlands and a M.P.A with a concentration in Urban Community and Economic Development from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.