Shekeria Brown, AICP
Shekeria comes to SFCDC with over 14 years experience in the community and economic development field. She has spent the last decade serving the South Florida community as a practitioner and consultant focused on designing, implementing and assessing affordable housing, community and economic development initiatives.
Her career in both the public and private sector has provided her with extensive knowledge in the administration of federal and state grant programs awarded to local government. Her expertise is in compliance monitoring, drafting program policies, developing implementation procedures, and coordinating planning and citizen participation efforts. As an urban planner, she has analyzed various planning issues that impact and frame the South Florida region. Her career has given her the opportunity to work with numerous organizations and individuals committed to improving their communities.
Shekeria holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, where her concentration was in community and economic development. She also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Mass Communication (Public Relations) and Interpersonal Speech Communication from the University of South Florida, Tampa Florida. She is a graduate of the 2012 USF Community Real Estate Development (CRED) program. Shekeria is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, and University of South Florida Alumni Association. She has held leadership roles in these organizations.
Shekeria oversees the planning and operations of the organization, including leadership, resource and membership development, public policy advocacy, training and programming, administration, finances, personnel and public relations.
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 Membership Chair.
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 of Public Administration.