Melissa Lee is Senior Advisor at the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA). In this capacity, Melissa is responsible for funding and planning support to help revitalize commercial corridors throughout the City of New Orleans. As part of her responsibilities, she is managing NORA’s first façade improvement and placemaking grant program stimulating 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.
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, Melissa envisions equitable transportation more than a buzzword. She is committed to making pedestrian and bicycle planning more responsive to travel demands of all populations in New Orleans, developing new tools for understanding how walking and cycling conditions affect access across racial and socioeconomic disparities, and diversifying the involvement of those participating in transportation 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.