Marilyn Crowley

Michigan Community Capital

Marilyn Crowley
Marilyn Crowley has a degree in Community Relations from Michigan State University. Ten years ago, she wanted to run an urban flower farm. Today, she manages a seventy-million-dollar pipeline of real estate development projects.

Marilyn began her career doing door-to-door community organizing and working for grassroot non-profits such as Clean Water Action, the Foundation for Sustainable Development, and the Community Relations Coalition.

After a brief attempt to change her degree to Horticulture, she got an internship at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for the Community Assistance Team. Post-graduation, she worked on the launch the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program statewide before moving into the role as a Community Assistance Team Specialist. In this position, she loved traveling across 9 counties in Michigan, meeting with Downtown Development Directors, City Managers, and other interested stakeholders to talk about their Community Development goals.

In 2016, Marilyn went to work for a private development company, Kincaid Henry Building Group. There, she worked with private investors to financially structure and close important downtown revitalization projects such as the Strongback Project in Adrian, The Lofts on Louis Project in Jackson, The Owosso Armory in Owosso, The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti, and 449 Bridge Street Redevelopment in Grand Rapids.

Marilyn joined Michigan Community Capital (MCC) in 2019. In her role as Vice President of Investments, she uses her experience as a generalist rooted in human connection to balance the ever-conflicting needs of design and return on investment. Since starting at MCC, she has closed the Cadillac Lofts project in Cadillac, Broadway Lofts in Mt. Pleasant, and the Temple Redevelopment in Lansing. She still grows flowers in her backyard.