Melissa Maddox-Evans, Esq. has over fifteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry and over twenty-eight years in community development initiatives. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Georgia. She served as both a Director 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, MD.  Ms. Maddox-Evans helped form The Charleston Redevelopment Corporation, an affiliate nonprofit which is developing a community land trust for the Charleston region as a method to preserve land for affordable housing and served as the first President & Chair of its Board of Directors. 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 helped form the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative of Charleston which promotes racial equity and social justice policies and programs.

She has received several awards from housing, 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 is believes in being an active in her community and has served on several boards and commissions.