Michelle D. 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 three golf courses including, Bayside, an 18-hole, award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Fenwick Island, Del.
Ms. Freeman 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. A founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, Ms. Freeman serves on the board of CharityWorks and the Landon School in Bethesda. She has also chaired AfterDark@THEARC in Southeast D.C. for several years and annually participates in Covenant’s House Executive Sleep-Out. Ms. Freeman 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.
Ms. Freeman is active in YPO, the Urban Land Institute and the ICSC organization. In 2013 Elle Magazine named Ms. Freeman as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Washington, D.C. She will continue to work with Elle Magazine in 2015 as part of their “#ELLEAGENDA” Forum to communicate current women’s issues and initiatives. Ms. Freeman has three children: Nicholas, Benjamin and Juliana Freeman.