Vice President, Development
Melanie Lenz was named vice president of development in December 2008.
She joined the Rays in November 2006, was responsible for managing the design and construction of the Rays spring training facility in Charlotte County, and currently oversees the development and business analytics activities and fan experience capital improvements for the club. She came to the team from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she had served as vice president, real estate development since 2000. During that period, Melanie directed many real estate transactions within the five boroughs of New York City, resulting in over 15 million square feet of new development and several billion dollars in investment.
Melanie attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and received her master's degree in urban and regional planning in 1999. She earned her bachelor's degree from Duquesne University in 1995.
Melanie is a native of Grampian, Pa. She and her husband, Kurt, live in St. Petersburg with their sons, Will and Ben. Melanie serves on the board of directors of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco County, as well as the United Way of Tampa Bay and the Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center in St. Petersburg.