Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management
Melissa leads The DESCO Group’s asset management, leasing, legal and property management functions. She oversees the operating activities of the Company’s property portfolio and manages investor relationships.
Prior to joining DESCO, Melissa was Vice President of Retail Real Estate & Legal at Caleres, Inc., a national footwear retailer with 1,200 stores. At Caleres, Melissa was accountable for creating and executing the real estate strategy for a portfolio of brands including Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Sam Edelman, and Allen Edmonds. Prior to joining Caleres, Melissa spent seven years with Schnuck Markets, Inc. in a legal role with a focus on real estate activities. Melissa began her career with The Kroenke Group, leasing and managing shopping centers across the country.
Melissa graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Juris Doctorate degree. Melissa is a licensed attorney in Missouri and is the Missouri-Kansas Government Relations Chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers. Additionally, Melissa serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis.