We are excited to welcome Melissa Maddox-Evans as a new member of Humanities Foundation Board of Directors. Melissa Maddox-Evans, Esq. has over seventeen years of experience in the affordable housing industry and over thirty years in community development initiatives. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University, her law degree from the University of Georgia and is licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina and the District of Columbia. She served as both a Director of Housing and as General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and as CEO of the Charleston County Housing & Redevelopment Authority. She is currently the Executive Director/CEO of The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA), Maryland. Ms. Maddox-Evans has formed several non-profits, including The Charleston Redevelopment Corporation, an affiliate nonprofit which created The Palmetto Community Land Trust, and served as the first President & Chair of its Board of Directors. She recently created the Annapolis Housing and Community Redevelopment Corporation, to facilitate grant funding for resident programs and housing redevelopment in local urban communities in Annapolis. She is a national speaker on affordable housing and fair housing laws, non-profit/corporate governance and is an advocate for domestic violence victims, disability, education and social justice issues and was a featured speaker for TEDxCharleston. She also helped form the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative which promotes racial equity and social justice policies and programs, formed after the racial hate- motivated Charleston shooting massacre of 2015.
She has received several awards from housing, and government industry groups for her leadership and advocacy. Prior to working in the housing industry, she spent several years working in early intervention programs for developmentally delayed children and as a grassroots organizer for non-denominational churches throughout the Southeast. Ms. Maddox-Evans believes in being active in her community and serves on several boards and commissions, including the Anne Arundel County and Maryland Affordable Housing Coalitions, and The Housing and Development Law Institute, Wash. D.C.