Melissa Jest Becomes a 1772 Foundation Trustee

Posted October 29th, 2018 by maryalbro and filed in News & Announcements
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Melissa Jest was elected to the board of trustees of The 1772 Foundation at its annual meeting, held October 24th. Her three-year term begins January 1, 2019.

Melissa has almost 20 years of historic preservation and outreach experience. She is the African American programs coordinator at the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In this position, she assists individuals and communities with the identification and preservation of African American properties and sites of significance to Georgia’s heritage. She also develops outreach strategies to initiate, promote and increase engagement of underrepresented communities in historic preservation activities and programs. She serves as liaison to the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network (GAAHPN).

Melissa has significant experience with historic properties redevelopment programs (HPRPs), also known as revolving funds, increasingly a focus of The 1772 Foundation’s grantmaking. She was the first HPRP manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She also has worked for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the Historic Savannah Foundation, where she was the revolving fund coordinator.

Melissa has an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in urban studies from Savannah State University.

Melissa succeeds Dr. Christina M. Spellman, trustee from 2014-2018.