Melody Adams, Director, Rural Grants/Programs, Rural Economic Development Division, NC Department of Commerce
Adams has spent the last 20 years in public service. She is currently the Director of the Rural Grants/Programs section at the N.C. Department of Commerce; she and her team manage a large portfolio of grants and an annual appropriation of approximately $15 Million. Prior to her appointment at Commerce she served as the Director of the Building Reuse Program at the North Carolina Rural Center. Adams has a diverse background in public service, including serving as a local Economic Development and Planning Director and leading the technology division for a public school district.