Full Name
Shannon Sclafani
Urban Land Institute
Speaker Bio
Shannon Sclafani serves as the Executive Director at the helm of ULI Michigan. Since 2007, she’s driven the organization's mission of promoting responsible land use and sustainable development practices across the state. She has not only overseen the organization's growth but has also left an indelible mark through her innovative programs and initiatives focused on leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). With a vision for fostering a more inclusive real estate industry, Shannon has authored and launched numerous programs that have not only made an impact locally but have also been replicated and launched nationally.

With a relentless focus on driving positive change and fostering inclusive growth, Shannon continues to spearhead initiatives that address pressing issues such as affordable housing, equitable development, and placemaking. Among her proudest achievements are the Pathways to Inclusion initiative, which seeks to create pathways for underrepresented groups to access opportunities in the real estate sector, which has now been launched in 10 states and 2 countries.

Additionally, Shannon spearheaded the creation of the WLI BUILD UP Network, a platform dedicated to advancing women in real estate by providing mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities. Another standout accomplishment is the establishment of the Larson Center for Leadership, which offers leadership development programs tailored specifically for real estate professionals and has more than 300 alumni representing the top thought leaders in land use throughout the state.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Shannon finds joy in exploring new destinations with her husband Todd, particularly within their home state of Michigan and their home away from home in Mexico. A fun fact about her is that she likely has the tools to complete any DIY project from both Home Depot and Michael’s Crafts. Most weekends she can be found showing up for the more than 14 kiddos who call her Aunt ShaSha, and impressing them with her extensive knowledge of middle school vernacular. (Just kidding, they all think that is SO CRINGE.)
Shannon Sclafani