Melanie Markowicz is the executive director of the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership, with over 15 years of experience in economic development, urban planning, historic preservation, connectivity, and public policy. Ushering in the next phase of development in Greektown Detroit, she is launching initiatives related to public space, vertical development, programming, arts, and culture. A Crain’s Detroit Business 2021 40 Under 40 honoree, Markowicz also serves on the City of Detroit City Planning Commission representing District 5.
She is the former department executive for the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation, who provided strategic direction and oversight for countywide urban planning and development programs on the local and regional scale. Before that, she served as the city planner for Hamtramck, past president of Preservation Detroit, consultant to the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, and project manager for the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong.
Markowicz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University, and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Historian and Architectural Historian.