Michelle DiFebo Freeman

Michelle Freeman is the Owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a 69 year old Real Estate company, which specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development and redevelopment and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich Residential Communities, Neighborhood Shopping Centers and Commercial properties. Freeman Companies also owns and operates 3 Golf Courses including, Bayside, an 18 hole, award winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Fenwick Island, Delaware. The Freeman Companies are dedicated to creating “Places” that enrich people’s lives through innovative, creative design, attention to detail and collaborative partnerships with thought leaders in the Real Estate and Golf industry. “Our Centers and Neighborhoods are a reflection of how important we feel it is to be a part of life ~ fresh air, fun and just the right mix of place and opportunity!” Freeman has offices in Rockville, Maryland and Fenwick Island, Delaware and was named one of Greater Washington’s Best Places to Work in 2015.

Carrying on the Freeman family tradition of philanthropy, Michelle is President and Chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, which has been giving grants to organizations where her employees live, work and play since 1947. She is the founding Chairman of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which honors her late husband Joshua Freeman. She was the visionary of the Foundation’s first program: The Freeman Stage at Bayside. The Stage is in its 8th Season and presents over 50 shows a year ranging from Shakespeare to Hall and Oates, reaches over fifty thousand patrons and ten thousand outreach audience members. A founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, Michelle serves on the board of Charity Works and the Landon School in Bethesda. Michelle has also chaired AfterDark@THEARC in South East, DC for several years and annually participates in Covenant’s House Executive Sleep-Out. Michelle received the 2014 Irene and Abe Pollin Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Coastal Style Magazines Business Woman of the Year for 2015 as well as numerous other awards for her business and philanthropic leadership.

Michelle is active in YPO, the Urban Land Institute and the ICSC organization. In 2013, Elle Magazine named Michelle as one of the 10 most Influential Women in Washington DC. Michelle will continue to work with Elle Magazine in 2015 as part of their “#ELLEAGENDA” Forum to communicate current women’s issues and initiatives. Michelle is most proud of her three children: Nicholas, Benjamin and Juliana Freeman.