Chief Initiative Officer, Center for Housing Opportunity, The Housing Collective

Melissa Kaplan-Macey

Melissa Kaplan-Macey is an expert in affordable housing, public policy, and urban planning. She leads the Center for Housing Opportunity at the Housing Collective and brings experience with the intersection of sustainability and housing affordability to the Sustainable Westchester Board.

Melissa has extensive experience building collaborative relationships with community and cross-sector partners to leverage resources and implement projects and programs. She currently serves on the Connecticut legislature’s Majority Leaders’ Roundtable on affordable housing. She has served as co-chair of Governor Lamont’s transition transportation policy committee, a member of the Commission on Connecticut’s Future and Development’s affordable housing plans working group, and a member of Governor Lamont’s Fairfield County Transit Oriented Development Taskforce. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.

She is an active volunteer in her local community serving on the board of the Town of Mamaroneck Housing Authority, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, and the Steering Committee for the Mamaroneck Coalition for Affordable Housing. She also participates as a mentor in Mamaroneck High School’s Original Civic Research and Action (OCRA) program.