Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development
MELANIE LENZ was named senior vice president of strategy and development in December 2014.
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 2014, Charlotte Sports Park was voted the favorite spring training destination by the readers of USA Today.
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 of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, United Way of Tampa Bay, Pinellas County Urban League and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.
Lenz is a native of Grampian, Pa. She and her husband, Kurt, reside in St. Petersburg with their two sons.