- Loves: Systems thinking
- Hates: Poorly defined goals
- Super Power: Community connector
Melanie Lewis Dickerson
Portfolio Lead, Built For Zero
As a Portfolio Lead for Community Solutions, Melanie works directly with communities and partners to build and improve systems to end homelessness using data, quality improvement, and problem-solving tools from multiple sectors. She is a member of the Built for Zero team, where she oversees a portfolio of large-scale change initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining Community Solutions in 2014, Melanie spent six years working at the City and County of Denver as the Partnerships Manager for Denver’s Road Home where she focused on policy development, regional collaboration and strategic partnerships. She is the President of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Board of Directors and provides leadership for several regional, statewide, and national initiatives focused on solving the issue of homelessness.
In the community, she is the President of the Mile High Young Professionals and serves on the Junior League of Denver Board of Directors as the Vice President of Public Policy where she oversees the League’s advocacy and policy efforts. Melanie is a graduate of the 2015 Downtown Denver Leadership Program and member of the Leadership Denver Class of 2017. In 2013, she was recognized as one of Colorado’s Finest Young Professionals and received the Spotlight Award from Denver Human Services.
Melanie is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Mississippi State University with a degree in Political Science and a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Public Administration where she was awarded the John C. Buechner Scholarship.
When not at work, Melanie enjoys live music, community engagement, and spending time with her husband, Josh, and two dogs, Bella and Houser.