Melissa Patterson Hazley is an Educational Psychologist and senior researcher with the UMKC Institute for Human Development, a KCPS graduate and a native Kansas Citian. Her professional interests include investigating equity issues within education systems and classrooms. Her work also extends to equity issues within healthcare, workforce, economic development, and justice. She serves as the Chair of the Central City Economic Development Sales Tax Board, which is a 1/8 cent sales tax fund dedicated to economic development in Kansas City’s urban core. Melissa is married and has one daughter, Addison. In her spare time, she loves reading articles about interesting, complex issues such as neoliberalism and feminism. Most importantly, she likes to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine with her family and friends.