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Michelle Beaman Chang

Imby Community
Founder & CEO
Michelle Beaman Chang is founder and CEO of Imby Community, a hybrid grassroots/digital platform that bridges conversations between the community and real estate developers after 15 years in real estate development. Originally from Kansas City, she moved to Philadelphia where she developed for a boutique real estate firm on projects like a Robert Venturi designed condominium and the Curtis Institute of Music's Lenfest Hall. Her passion for social justice intersected with global forces to land a role developing affordable housing in New York City for Catholic Charities in 2008 - and move to be near the love of her life. Luck & spunk were again on her side when she moved to D.C. at three months pregnant to be near a secure and cheap daycare option (aka her husband's parents). Michelle developed affordable, mixed income, and historic preservation projects for AHC, Inc., spent a "gap year" at home with two kids under three (toughest job ever!), and then joined Vornado/Charles E. Smith to develop on their mulitfamily team. It was while at Vornado that she became frustrated with the lack of engagement tools that could genuinely and effectively reach a larger audience of people who are busy but civically inclined and want to participate in real estate development conversations in their communities. As a result, Michelle founded Imby Community to focus on early, non-confrontational communication from a neighborhood perspective that flips the paradigm to make it easier for real estate developers to understand and manage pre-development risk, while accessing ideas and opinions they can implement into their building design and program to build support and meet hyper local demand. The platform launched in 4 D.C. neighborhoods and is targeting to reach 8 neighborhoods by the end of 2018.

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