Michele L. Whelley
President and CEO – Central Maryland Transportation Alliance – a not-for-profit corporation formed by a coalition of businesses and nonprofit leaders in the Greater Baltimore Region dedicated to advocating for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, innovative and multi-modal transportation system for the Region. As a convener of diverse interests, the Transportation Alliance is working towards the goal of establishing an interconnected efficient system of highways and mass transit critical to the long-term economic vitality of the Region.
Chief Executive Officer – Economic Development Corporation of New Haven (EDC), 2008 - 2010. Responsible for organizing newly created private sector non-profit economic development corporation in New Haven, CT. A partnership between the City of New Haven, Yale University and the business community, the corporation’s four areas of responsibility are business retention and attraction, neighborhood business revitalization, business assistance and advocacy, and initiating and managing job generating real estate development initiatives. Significant collaboration between the EDC, Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital on growing and attraction technology industries, particularly in the Life Sciences.
Senior Vice-president - Real Estate Strategic Advisory Group, Colliers Pinkard, 2005-2008. Responsible for developing and expanding the Advisory Practice Group to include pre-development and advisory services, economic development and incentives procurement, formation of public/private partnerships, and a particular focus on providing real estate based management consulting for the Higher Education, Health Care and Life Science industry sectors.
Representative clients included a publicly traded sports apparel company, a global financial/asset management institution, a community healthcare system, a start up hospitality company, and several major university systems.
Founder and Principal – M. L. Whelley & Co., LLC, 2004 – 2005: Provided consulting services in areas of real estate development, business development and strategic planning. Clients included Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Baltimore City Circuit Court System, Enterprise Foundation.
President – Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, 2000-2004: Chief executive for private non-profit membership corporation focused on improving the economic health and vitality of downtown Baltimore through programs and initiatives directed to employers, visitors and residents. As president of Downtown Partnership, also responsible for managing the Downtown Management District, a 106-block special benefits district in the core of the Central Business District, focused on providing public safety and maintenance programs. Total combined workforce of 110 employees and annual operating budget of $4.8M
Founder and Principal - WHELLEY CONSULTING, LLC, 1999-2000: Provided a full complement of economic development consulting services. Clients included The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Abell Foundation, Empower Baltimore Development Corporation and Southern Management Corporation.
Executive Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer - Baltimore Development Corporation, 1994-1999: Directed economic development activities for private, non-profit economic development organization for the City of Baltimore. Supervised a staff of twenty-five professionals in all aspects of economic development, including but not limited to strategic planning, business retention and development, public and private financing, negotiating complex real estate transactions, project management, coordinating economic development initiatives with City agencies, State agencies, community groups, business associations, and private sector partners, and lobbying with City and State government.
Negotiated financing and land transactions and provided project management for complex development projects from the Inner Harbor to development of industrial parks, requiring a thorough understanding of real estate transactions, public financing sources, community relationships, and private/public partnerships. Specific projects totaling over $500 Million of development in Baltimore City projects include:
• Inner Harbor East - $20 Million of State, City, and private funds for infrastructure improvements of 20-acre waterfront parcel;
• Sylvan Learning Systems - $35 Million office building for the corporate headquarters;
• Columbus Center - $160 Million of Federal, State, City, and private funds for center for marine biotechnology research facility;
• Baltimore Convention Center - $150 Million of State and City funds for expansion;
• Port Discovery Children’s Museum - $35 Million of State, City, and private funds for renovation of vacant City fishmarket into an 80,000 sf children’s museum;
• Camden Yards - negotiation of Master Agreement between the City and the Maryland Stadium Authority for development of $200 Million complex for Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
• Federal Empowerment Zone - $100 Million Federal Grant awarded for community and economic development in specify City communities.
Development Director - Baltimore Development Corporation, 1990-1994: As part of the Real Estate Development staff, managed development projects in the City, including negotiating financing and land transactions and coordinating the development and construction process with other City and State agencies and the private sector partners. .
Project Developer - Harkins Associates, (1986-1989): Coordinated development of commercial projects such as mid-market hotels and small office buildings, from loan closing through completion of construction for private development company in Silver Spring, Maryland. Negotiation of financing, formulation of development, construction, and operating pro forma, negotiation of architectural, engineering, and construction contracts, and management of the construction process.
Attorney - Power & Mosner, P.A. (1985-1986): Associate in real estate division of general practice law firm in Towson, Maryland.
Speech and Language Pathologist, (1977-1983) - University of Maryland Hospital Department of Pediatrics: Diagnostician for multi-disciplinary team responsible for diagnosis of learning, language, speech, emotional, and behavioral problems in children.
Juris Doctor - University of Maryland School of Law: With honors, 1985. Inducted into Maryland State Bar, December, 1985.
Master of Arts - University of Maryland: With honors, in Speech and Language Pathology, 1977.
Bachelor of Arts - University of Maryland: With honors, in Speech and Hearing Science, 1975.
Board Member – Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Hippodrome Foundation, Baltimore School of Fashion and Design, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Member – Urban Land Institute, International Economic Development Council