Melissa Cantrell, AIA LEED AP principal for CDH Partners Inc., was recently selected as a member of Leadership Cobb. The Leadership Cobb program develops leadership skills and knowledge through its programs and retreats. Participants are introduced to a variety of viewpoints that illustrate the array of economic, political, educational, and social factors at work in Cobb County. Sessions combine lectures and dialogue among speakers as well as audience interaction with leaders in all facets of the community.
Leading by example allows Leadership Cobb participants to directly impact the Cobb community. Each year forty-five diverse and qualified individuals are selected to participate in this leadership development program. Leadership Cobb enhances personal and professional growth while participants gain awareness of current issues, community resources and the social, political and economic needs of the community.
With 15 years of experience in architectural design and master planning, Melissa has been repeatedly recognized for her talents, leadership, and articulate voice within the firm. A majority of her time is focused on the design and construction of educational facilities. She joined CDH PARTNERS as an honor graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture.
As a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, she holds strong convictions about the influence of the built environment on the education of our children. She believes: “The foundations of early education create a framework for continued success of our students in their pursuit of excellence. By designing environments that foster learning these spaces can unleash potential in students to shape the future of our communities, region, and nation.”
Her work with the major school districts in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region has provided high performance education spaces for students from the Kindergarten to University level. Melissa’s guidance to schools systems and stakeholders in DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Pickens and Clarke County Schools, has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of metro-Atlanta students. Most recently her architectural influence has extended to the campus of Kennesaw State University.
Her service to the community goes beyond the local school system. She has served as an officer for the Woodstock Rotary Club and is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Council of Educational Facility Planners, Georgia Association of School Facility Administrators, and the United States Green Building Council. Last year, she participated in the Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute for the Class of 2012.