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Melanie Ferguson

Director, Dallas Water Commons

Years of Public & Community Relations Experience: 15

Years with Matthews Southwest: 9

Melanie aligns internal and external stakeholders to participate in community and business development and pushes neighborhood innovations to bring about meaningful connectivity and affordability in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. She creates alignments between equitable city vitality and economic development while curating innovative partners from many sectors and communities. Her projects include the Dallas Water Commons, a public private partnership with the City of Dallas and The Dallas Wetlands Foundation, and philanthropic and legislative advocacy for innovative affordable housing protections. Melanie formerly served as public relations manager for the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as government and community relations point person for the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles.