Meet Melanie

Through my background in placemaking, community outreach, and economic development, I understand the challenges and opportunities that we need to navigate together. On Ferndale City Council, I worked hard to make life better here at home.

I advocate statewide on issues that affect local government and pay attention to national policy perspectives that may impact us locally.

Over ten years on council, my leadership has contributed to the following:


City of Ferndale

Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission
Ferndale Inclusion Network
Ferndale Community Foundation, Board of Directors
Planning Commission
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
Zoning Board of Appeals
Downtown Development Authority, Business Development, Chair (former)
Woodward Avenue Alternative Analysis Task Force
SEMCOG City Representative

Regional & Statewide

Michigan Municipal League, President, Board of Trustees
Michigan Municipal League Education Foundation, Board Member
SEMCOG 2018 Taubman Fellowship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Training for State and Local Government.
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Citizens Advisory Committee, former member
Urban Institute, Southeast Michigan Housing Futures Project
SEMCOG Pedestrian and Bicycling, Task Force Member
SEMCOG Access to Core Services in Southeast Michigan, Task Force Member
SEMCOG Redeveloping Commercial and Industrial Corridors, Task Force Member
Oakland County Transportation Business Roundtable, County Executive Appointee