Michelle Freeman is owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a 69-year-old real estate company that 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, 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 industries. “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 and was named one of Greater Washington’s Best Places to Work in 2015.
Carrying on the Freeman family tradition of philanthropy, 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. The Stage is in its 8th season and presents over 50 shows a year ranging from Shakespeare to Hall and Oates, reaches over 50,000 patrons, and 10,000 outreach audience members. A founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, Freeman serves on the board of Charity Works and the Landon School in Bethesda. She also has chaired AfterDark@THEARC in Southeast, D.C., for several years and annually participates in Covenant’s House Executive Sleep-Out.
Freeman received the 2014 Irene and Abe Pollin Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Coastal Style Magazine’s Business Woman of the Year for 2015, as well as numerous other awards for her business and philanthropic leadership.
Freeman is active in YPO, the Urban Land Institute, and the ICSC organization. In 2013, Elle Magazine named Freeman as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Washington, D.C. She continued to work with Elle Magazine in 2015 as part of their “#ELLEAGENDA” Forum to communicate current women’s issues and initiatives. Frereman is most proud of her three children: Nicholas, Benjamin, and Juliana.