Melissa Maddox-Evans, Esq. joined the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis as the Executive Director/CEO on Monday, October 14, 2019. Ms. Maddox-Evans has over fourteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry and over twenty-seven years in community development initiatives. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Georgia. She started her tenure at The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston (CHA) as Director of Housing Services managing operations, grant programs, and CHA’s housing portfolio. She was then promoted to General Counsel and administered all legal matters for the agency. During her tenure at CHA she also served in a dual role capacity as the Chief Executive Officer of the Charleston County Housing & Redevelopment Authority. Ms. Maddox-Evans has helped the City of Charleston form The Charleston Redevelopment Corporation, an affiliate nonprofit which is developing a community land trust for the Charleston region as an alternative 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 on the importance of racial reconciliation.
She helped form the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative of Charleston which promotes racial equity and social justice policies and programs. Ms. Maddox-Evans has received several awards from housing, legal 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 having an active civic life and has dedicated her professional life to empowering the disadvantaged and underserved communities.