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Melissa Barry, AICP

Chief Program Officer

Melissa leads the urban planning division, providing visionary leadership to support a vibrant and livable future for downtown Austin.

Recently, Melissa led the team to create the Downtown Austin Parking Strategy, as well as the Downtown Austin Vision, a plan for the next 25 years of downtown. She serves as the primary staff lead for the organization’s Place and Planning Committee.

Before joining the team in 2009, Melissa was a senior planner at Behan Planning and Design where she worked with local governments throughout the Northeast on community planning and development initiatives. Melissa moved to Austin in 2009.

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