Ja’Net Defell

Director, Community Desk Chicago Chicago Community Trust , Chicago IL
Ja'Net Defell

Ja’Net Defell is Director of Community Desk Chicago, an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust. In her current role, Ja’Net coordinates capital access for community-based real estate development projects. Additionally, as part of her ecosystem work, Ja’Net manages community-based capacity building programs and supports city-wide innovative capital solutions including community investment vehicles to advance equitable wealth-building opportunities. During her time in the Fulcrum Fellowship, she was Lead Developer for IFF’s Michigan office, responsible for managing all major real estate development initiatives in the Michigan market, including the critical initiative to develop early care and education (ECE) centers in underserved areas of Detroit. Prior to that role, Ja’Net launched IFF’s real estate services group in Michigan, managing a team of real estate professionals providing comprehensive real estate consulting and development services to nonprofits in the Detroit metro area and managed several foundation-funded initiatives related to quality ECE facilities and schools in Detroit. Before joining IFF, Ja’Net gained development and management experience at the Village of Oak Park in Illinois, Arthur Andersen, and Protiviti. She holds a Master in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED Green Associate.

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