On November 20, 2017 ULI announced Shannon Morgan and Stacy Esbrook as the new co-chairs of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. The women, who bring more than 30 years of combined experience working in real estate and economic development, will replace Cari Easterday-Kar and Jill Ferrari, current co-chairs of the Women’s Leadership Initiative.
“There is a need to identify and promote strong women who are solid in their ideals and who have the necessary business acumen and background needed to make things happen in a fast-paced organization,” said Ferrari, who also serves as vice chairman of ULI’s executive committee. “Stacy and Shannon bring these attributes to the table in spades, and I’m very excited to see where they take WLI Michigan.”
Morgan, a leader in housing and a third-generation realtor with a diverse real estate background specializing in residential real estate, rehabilitation, land acquisition, and development, focuses on projects that promote sustainability, urban revitalization and a sense of place. Morgan’s work includes developing master-planned communities, traditional developments, production homebuilding, and large scale mixed-use developments with expertise and detailed knowledge of the complex financing needed to execute large-scale development projects. She has also worked on award winning projects within urban areas and communities in numerous states.
Esbrook, regional director of the Community Assistance Team at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, currently manages half of the CATeam, driving community development policies, and playing a critical role in Michigan’s growth of vibrant, diverse and resilient communities. With an extensive career in community development, public service and non-profit relations, Esbrook started her career at the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Council and has since held positions at the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan State Senate.
“We are excited to add two new and knowledgeable chairs to continue the growth of our Women’s Leadership Initiative,” said Shannon Sclafani, director, ULI Michigan. “Both Stacy and Shannon will help to promote the advancement of women throughout their careers and support the development of the young women members in ULI and their professions.”
The Women’s Leadership Initiative was established by the Urban Land Institute in 2011 as part of the Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative with the mission of raising the visibility and increasing number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate and land use industries.
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