Lesly Melendez

Executive Director, Groundwork Lawrence

 Lesly is the Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence and has worked with MPHA as a member of our Policy Council since it was first created in 2016.  In her previous role as Deputy Director of GWL, Lesly was instrumental in expanding their community-based programming. As a lifelong resident of Lawrence, Lesly has always been passionate about serving her community. She has served on numerous volunteer boards, including the City’s Planning and Licensing boards. In 2016, Lesly completed the Core Certificate Program with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Lesly brings years of business, nonprofit, government, and community activism to her work. She brings a unique perspective to what is needed by people of color to advance in the professional world. Lesly brings her love of writing, community, and civic engagement and her passion for trees and open space to her work and, as she is rotating off the Policy Council, Lesly has specifically chosen to maintain her connection to MPHA by joining the Board. 

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