Ja’Net Defell is Director, Community Desk Chicago at Chicago Community Trust. 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’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED Green Associate.
During the Fellowship
Ja’Net focused on continuing and deepening IFF’s work to improve the ECE facilities landscape in Detroit, including developing shared priorities among ECE providers and stakeholders, and facilitating access to capital for and development of new ECE facilities.