Melanie served her first term starting in 2010 and was reelected to serve a second term in 2013.
A creative spirit and problem solver, Melanie focuses on creating livable cities, sustainable organizations, and effective local governments that lead to more equitable and inclusive places. With her background in interactive marketing, urban planning, and strategic development and implementation, Melanie applies her professional experience and education to serve the Ferndale community and region.
Melanie works for the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing Downtown Detroit. Prior to DDP, she worked for nine years in downtown Ferndale at the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, a startup nonprofit dedicated to inner-ring suburb revitalization, regional policy, energy sustainability, transportation advocacy, and municipal collaboration. With experience working with over 20 municipalities in partnership with elected officials, city managers, and city staff, Melanie holds a strong belief that our interdependence and regional connectivity enhances community vitality. She also worked in automotive interactive web marketing before her career change to urban development.
Melanie is a member of the Project Management Institute, American Planning Association and local chapter, Michigan Association of Planning, and the Urban Land Use Institute. In her council position, Melanie currently serves on the Planning Commission, Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission (FESC), and represents Ferndale on the Woodward Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee. In October 2015, Melanie was appointed to represent Ferndale as a Board Trustee for the Michigan Municipal League.
Originally from the Genoa Township/Brighton area, Melanie has lived in Ferndale with her husband for over ten years. Melanie loves to bicycle, explore new places, experience different cultures, and dabble in photography. If you need a photo of an urban amenity—bollards, parking garages, street furniture, signs, or bike lanes—she probably has it.