Shekeria Brown, AICP
Shekeria joined South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) as Executive Director in July 2014. Shekeria comes to SFCDC with other over 15 years experience in the community and economic development field. She has worked as a practitioner and consultant focused on designing, implementing and assessing affordable housing, community and economic development programs. Her career has provided her with extensive knowledge in the administration of federal and state grant programs awarded to local jurisdictions. Even more, it has given her the opportunity to work with numerous organizations and individuals committed to improving their communities.
At SFCDC, where her main goal is to build a strong coalition of members, she aims to have a long lasting impact on community development by continuing to shape public policy, strengthening the role of nonprofits, and encouraging more collaboration for sustainable and increasingly effective community development in the region. Prior to joining SFCDC, she worked for an urban affairs and grants administration consulting firm serving municipalities primarily throughout Broward County.
Shekeria holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University, with a concentration in community and economic development. She also holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mass Communication and Interpersonal Speech Communication from the University of South Florida. Shekeria is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and American Planning Association and finds time to give back to the community through volunteering her time to organizations and activities.
Melissa is a public service professional with a specialization in learning and development. She has over 12 years of experience working in human services as a strong advocate for vulnerable and under-served populations. Prior to joining the South Florida Community Development Coalition, she oversaw staff development for Pine Street Inn, a leading organization providing services to the homeless in the Greater Boston area. Melissa relocated to Miami to continue her career in public service as an advocate in improving quality of life for residents via a holistic approach encompassing affordable housing, education, workforce development, and health/wellness.
Actively engaged in the community, she serves on numerous committees, including: the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, Health & Built Environment and the Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Melissa is a Board Member of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, serving as Vice President of Membership and Development.
Melissa received her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Suffolk University, Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance and is a member of Association for Talent Development and American Society for Public Administration.