Melanie Piana

Melanie promotes positive community and effective local government. She creates livable cities and more equitable and inclusive places applying her background in urban planning, nonprofit management, and local government. Melanie is a huge supporter of small local business and works diligently to bring new business opportunities to the region. She is a proponent of attracting talent to the local workforce, which includes creating desirable neighborhoods where younger generations will plant roots. She has lived in Ferndale for 14 years and has served Ferndale citizens eight years on the city council. 

Passionate about urban revitalization, mobility, and municipal collaboration to build community, she has worked with over 30 Metro Detroit municipalities in partnership with elected officials and city administrations. As a local community leader, she also builds bridges in Detroit neighborhoods, having worked at the Downtown Detroit Partnership to support the revitalization of the region’s core city. Melanie is currently the Deputy Director at Jefferson East, Inc., a nonprofit that creates pathways to opportunity for Detroit residents and businesses on the east side. Melanie is a leader in Ferndale, and implements strategies to connect the Ferndale and Detroit communities. 

Melanie was recognized by Transit Riders United with the 2015 Forward Movement Award for most Effective Public Servant in 2015, an alumnus of the Urban Land Institute Larson Leadership Fellow program and recognized as the 2007 Volunteer of the Year with Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority. Melanie championed new 12 weeks paid paternity leave policy for Ferndale city employees; the first city in Michigan to offer this groundbreaking policy. 

Melanie is a certified Project Management Professional and member of the Project Management Institute, American Planning Association and local chapter, Michigan Association of Planning and the Urban Land Use Institute. Melanie has served on the Ferndale Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission and Environmental Sustainability Commission, and co-founder of the 2011 Woodward Avenue Transit Oriented Development task force. In October 2015, Melanie was appointed to represent Ferndale as a Board of Trustee for the Michigan Municipal League.

 Melanie is a creative spirit, loves to bike and has a sense of adventure with regard to world travel.

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Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220