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Gregory J. Melanson


Greg joined Terra Search Partners in 2016 as a Managing Director and was promoted to Partner in 2018. Our clients benefit immensely from his 20-plus years in multiple areas of the real estate industry, including lending, investing and affordable housing finance. That’s complemented by his more recent experiences in executive leadership with Bank of America and as the Deputy Executive Director of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).

Greg is well known for the passion he has for nonprofit organizations. He guides them adeptly through the complicated process of leadership succession and the transition of long-serving and founder leaders. His enthusiasm, market knowledge and deep industry connections are a winning combination for organizations whose success depends heavily on their senior leadership.

A personal commitment to equality and justice guide Greg in his participation on the boards of two nonprofits. He is the Treasurer of the CHANGE All Souls Housing Corporation, which provides affordable housing in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., plus housing for seniors and residents with disabilities. After the sudden passing of that organization’s Executive Director, Greg stepped into the role on an interim basis from August 2019 until February 2020. His other board membership is with MANNA, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing. He leads the CEO Search Committee tasked with the challenge of replacing the retiring CEO who created the organization more than 40 years ago.

Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Maryland with a major in business administration, followed by an MBA from George Washington University with a concentration in real estate.

Outside of his work, he finds pleasure in biking, yoga, cooking, travel, reading, and movies. Greg is married to Dan Anderson, his partner of over 20 years. They have two rambunctious Wheaten Terriers, Dooly and Lily, and split their time between Washington, D.C., and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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