Meet the Team
We're a small core team, but we pack a pretty big punch. One client calls us, "the little company that could." We love it. In addition to the two of us, we work with a bunch of really great artists, designers, freelancers and other creative shops on a regular basis. You can read more about each of us, and some of the folks we partner with, below.
Meredith Powell. FOUNDER.
Fascinated by the rapid urbanization of our cities and its effect on the human experience, Meredith has spent her career working to enhance cultural and economic vibrancy through integrating art and creativity in the urban environment. Driven by her passion for people, places and the community fabric connecting them, Meredith's work focuses on human-centered, solutions-based strategies, programs and experiences that enhance quality of place and the human connection to it.
Before co-founding Public City with long time collaborator Sharon Lyle, Meredith led Art Alliance Austin for nearly a decade launching award-winning programs and initiatives, including large-scale multi-site cultural events, temporary public art and design projects, and consulting on culture-led economic and community development strategies.
As an artistic director, Meredith has collaborated with and commissioned acclaimed Austin-based and international curators, artists, and designers, earning numerous awards and recognition for artistic excellence including multiple projects selected for the American Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), Austin Chronicle’s Best Public Art (2011, 2010), AIA Design Awards Special Recognition (2009) and the Austin Critics Table Best Independent Project (2008). Her work has been featured on the cover of Urban Land Magazine, Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle and she’s received impact awards from the City of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance.
Starting her career at Visit Austin, she's rooted in a deep understanding of the direct relationship between a vibrant creative economy and quality of place. Powell is a graduate of the University of Texas Moody College of Communications, Leadership Austin and is super excited about what’s next for Public City and the incredible city she calls home.
Melissa Wolf. Operations Director.
Melissa has a professional background across varied industries that have all come together to make her an experienced organizer/bossy pants. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in advertising, she began work as a catering director facilitating both large and small events in and around the Austin area.
Following that, she worked as an account executive for a local television station flexing her advertising skills and eventually connecting with her next path of managing a small, startup medical practice. Subsequently, combining her newly acquired medical knowledge with her management skills, she moved into the non-profit health sector working for both the LIVESTRONG Foundation and The United Way in management roles.
As Operations Director, her goal with Public City is to make the day to day business run smoothly for both the team and our clients.
Melissa is also a partner to Doug, parent to Sonny and Amelia, and a registered yoga teacher.