The Tampa Bay Rays announced today that Melanie Lenz has been promoted to Vice President of Development. "Melanie has been instrumental in the planning and construction of our new spring training facility in Charlotte County, the implementation of our Teaming Up for the Environment initiative, and in various aspects of our new ballpark plan. She is an invaluable resource to the entire organization, and we look forward to contributions and continued leadership in this expanded role," said Rays President Matt Silverman.
Lenz joined the Rays in November 2006 as senior director, development. She came to the team from the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she had served as vice president, real estate division since 2000. During that period, she directed over 50 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 public investment.
She attended the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, and received her master's degree in urban and regional planning in May 1999. She earned her bachelor's degree in English and political science from Duquesne University in 1995. Melanie is a native of Grampian, Pa., located approximately 20 miles west of State College, Pa. She is married to Kurt, a professor at Stetson School of Law and graduate student in linguistics at the University of South Florida.