As a Director for Community Solutions, Melanie works directly with communities and partners to build and improve systems to end homelessness using data, quality improvement and problem-solving tools from multiple sectors. She is a leader on the Built for Zero team, where she oversees a portfolio of large-scale change partnerships in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Community Solutions in 2014, Melanie spent six years with the City and County of Denver where she served as the Partnerships Manager for Denver’s Road Home, focusing on policy development, regional collaboration and strategic partnerships.
In the community, Melanie is the Past President of the Junior League of Denver, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Mile High Young Professionals. She is a graduate of the 2015 Downtown Denver Leadership Program and Leadership Denver Class of 2017. Melanie was also named one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals by ColoradoBiz Magazine in 2020 and one of Denver Business Journal’s 2022 “40 Under 40” class.
She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Political Science and a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Public Administration where she was awarded the John C. Buechner Scholarship.
When not at work, Melanie enjoys live music, community engagement and spending time with her husband, Josh, children, Carter and Haskell, and goldendoodles, Houser and Marley.
- LOVES: SYSTEMS THINKING
- HATES: POORLY DEFINED GOALS
- SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR