Melissa Milton-Pung is a project manager at Washtenaw County. She holds a bachelor's degree in public history from Western Michigan University, a master's degree in historic preservation from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture, and was an Historic Deerfield Fellow. She says that this intersection of "ye olde historical stuff" with public policy and government makes a great set of skills for community revitalization.
Melissa got her start out of grad school by working in the consulting sector on federal compliance projects and historic property designations. At Washtenaw County since 2005, she oversees the historic preservation program, writes grants, does economic development, and provides technical assistance for local governments seeking to stimulate public/private investment and preserve community character.
Non-profit involvement is tremendously important to Melissa. She is the vice president of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network
(a National Trust Local Partner), where for the past seven years she has helped lead several successful grassroots campaigns for enhancement and syndication of the Michigan Rehabilitation Tax Credits. She is the immediate past board chair of The Arts Alliance
, a county-wide arts and cultural organization which serves the vibrant arts and cultural community of Washtenaw County, and also serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
If that isn't enough, Melissa is also the mother of two young children. In her spare time, she likes to practice yoga, fiddle around with the camera, and chill out with her partner in crime, Barnaby Pung.