CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Melanie Lenz was named chief development officer in January 2018. Lenz joined the Rays in November 2006 and was responsible for managing the design and construction of the Rays spring training facility in Charlotte County. In addition to the management of capital projects for the Rays, she oversees the organization’s key strategic initiatives including the Rays brand extension within the television market, management of key business relationships, business analytics activities and long-term facilities planning. Lenz 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. She serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Tampa Partnership, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and Zoo Tampa. Melanie and her husband, Kurt, reside in St. Petersburg with their two sons.