Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor has served as Executive Director for 2 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International:  Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi and, since 2000, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to creating and preserving affordable homeownership opportunities for local families in need of decent housing.   Lafayette HFH brings together volunteers from corporations, faith-based groups, schools, and civic organizations to build high-quality homes alongside the future homebuyers, who then purchase their homes via affordable mortgages financed by Habitat.  To date, Lafayette HFH has built over 130 homes in Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes as well as completing numerous repair projects for low-income homeowners.  Lafayette HFH is also committed to creating vibrant neighborhoods and is actively engaged in supporting resident-led revitalization initiatives in Lafayette’s urban core. In 2018 LHFH and Lafayette’s McComb-Veazey Neighborhood were chosen by Habitat International to be part of a select cohort of 10 coalitions from across the US participating in deep-dive asset-based community development work within their communities. 

Melinda is a firm believer in the power of Habitat’s model of creating individual and community change through collaboration and partnerships. She believes that revitalizing neighborhoods and restoring connectedness is essential to the health and well-being of our communities and nation and that the long-term solutions for poverty, health disparities, and economic inequality are rooted in healthy and resilient communities.  She currently serves on the board of Housing Louisiana, as Co-Chair of the Acadiana Housing Alliance, as a member of the First Horizon Community Advisory Board, and as chair of the Acadiana VOAD Long Term Recovery Coalition.  Melinda was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in Psychology.  She also completed graduate studies in literature at Arizona State University and served as a research assistant at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.