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Kathy Makino-Leipsitz

President & Managing Partner

Office: (745) 905-8323
Mobile: (313) 458-8244
Email: kathy@shelbornedevelopment.net


Kathy Makino-Leipsitz is the President and managing partner of Shelborne Development. Over the last 37 years, Shelborne has helped to build and rehabilitate over 2,000 housing units in Southeast Michigan with a special focus on preserving over 30 vacant historic buildings in the City of Detroit. The company currently owns 1,300 of those rehabilitated units.

In 1979, Kathy purchased a duplex in the City of Westland while a student at the University of Michigan. Kathy’s interest in real estate continued following her graduation. She began with her first purchase of a 30-unit apartment building in what was then the Cass Corridor in Midtown Detroit. Over the next 20 years, Shelborne’s work included new construction and the rehabilitation of several apartment buildings throughout Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

In 2003, Shelborne purchased a blighted, vacant and boarded apartment building on Seward Street. In the next 3 years, Shelborne completed a $10 million gut rehabilitation, resulting in 71 units of quality affordable housing. In 2005, Shelborne was asked to step into another project on Seward Street (consisting of 4 multi-family buildings) that had struggled for years and was underperforming due to low occupancy. Seward Street was plagued by drugs, crime, and a very poor tenant profile. Kathy realized that by purchasing multiple buildings in one area that she could actually make an impact on the entire neighborhood.  From 2003 to 2012, Shelborne purchased 6 out of the 9 distressed buildings on Seward Street. The most recent building located at 112 Seward completed by Shelborne Development has received the National Historic Rehabilitation Association’s Timmy Award for Best Historic Rehabilitation (under $10 million) in the nation. Shelborne has expanded its concentration to two other neighborhoods, Palmer Park and Jefferson East Corridor. As a result, from 203 to 2018, Shelborne has completed the rehabilitation of 14 buildings in the Palmer Park historic apartment district, New Center and the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhoods.

Over the years, Kathy has been recognized with several achievement awards. The awards include: D Business Magazine the 2015 Powered by Women Award, Syndicator WNC Developer of the Year, Jefferson East Inc., 2012 Developer of the year, The University of Michigan and the Urban Land Institute Real Estate Excellence Award, as well as The Wayne County Commission recognized her for her continued dedication to Reinvesting in Detroit. Shelborne’s developments have received several national awards including LISC’s Most Community Impact Award for Palmer Park, the 2014 Multifamily Executive Magazines Grand Award for National Project of the year award for Chalmers Square along with the Novogradac award for Historic Rehabilitation with Most Community Impact.  

Kathy’s civic commitments and to devotion to the redevelopment of Detroit include serving as a board member on the Michigan Housing Council, Jefferson East Inc., Recovery Park and Clinton House Supportive Housing. She also remains active in community groups such as “The People for Palmer Park” and Maheras-Gentry Park Board of Directors. She recently was appointed to the Wayne County Joint Airport Authorities Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Jill Ferrari

Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (313) 348-7326
Email: jill@shelbornedevelopment.net


Jill Ferrari has 25 years of experience in catalyzing urban redevelopment.  Her background includes private real estate acquisition and development, community development, legal practice and consulting.  As Chief Executive Officer of Shelborne Development, she oversees all aspects of operations and development for the corporation. She also performs a leadership role with Shelborne’s related company, Motor City Building Company.  In 2018, Jill successfully secured over $30,000,000 in financing for real estate development projects that focus on neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Michigan Community Resources, she led the multimillion-dollar nonprofit that supports community economic development in low-income areas throughout Michigan. Through her leadership, the organization launched Neighborhood Exchange, an innovative electronic platform that supports community economic development at all levels.  

As Director of Community Development for Wayne County, Michigan, she directed millions of dollars annually in state and federal funds dedicated toward neighborhood stabilization.  Jill developed innovative programming that provided comprehensive solutions for communities. She launched a deconstruction initiative with SER Metro-Detroit and Warm Training Center in 2010 that targeted participants in the US Department of Labor’s Pathways Out of Poverty program. This initiative paired workers with deconstruction projects that were primarily within walking distance of their homes, to minimize barriers caused by lack of transportation. In 2012, she partnered with the Wayne County Jails and Detroit Recovery Project to create a comprehensive re-housing and re-entry program for returning citizens.  During her time at the County, she funded hundreds of multifamily and supportive housing units for victims of domestic violence, homeless veterans and youth aging out of foster care. Her management of community development funds helped leverage over $200 Million in private investment.

As an attorney and private real estate developer, she has managed complex Brownfield Redevelopment projects in multiple states.  In 2007, she managed the assemblage of an 84-acre Brownfield Redevelopment site in Las Vegas, including all entitlements and financing.  This project involved the expansion of the gaming district on Las Vegas Boulevard and securing the largest redevelopment incentive package (including Sales Tax Anticipated Revenue (STAR) bonds) in the City’s history.

Jill was named a 2017 “Woman of Influence” by the Wayne State University Council on the Status of Women. She is also the 2016 winner of the Melvin Simon Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation. She is the current Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Michigan District Council, and the founder of ULI Michigan’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, designed to promote leadership for women in the real estate industry.

She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit (2001 and 2013) and a judge for the annual CREW Real Estate Impact Awards (2011-2014).  She is the former Chairman of the Board of CreateDetroit, Inc., Advisory Council member for The Heidelberg Project and has participated in coordinating successful events in Detroit such as The National Summit (2009), the Creative Cities Summit (2008) and BravoBravo! For the Detroit Opera House (2004-2007).

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Shannon Morgan

Chief Development Officer

Phone: (734) 320 - 0978
Email: smorgan@shelbornedevelopment.net


As Chief Development Officer of Shelborne Development, Shannon oversees all acquisitions, predevelopment and development activities for the corporation. A housing expert and experienced leader, Shannon has a diverse real estate background specializing in residential real estate, rehabilitation, land acquisition, and development.  With a focus on projects that promote sustainability, urban revitalization and a sense of place, Shannon's work includes developing master-planned communities, traditional developments, production homebuilding, and large scale mixed-use developments. Shannon acts as the liaison for Shelborne Development to Motor City Building Company.  

Shannon worked directly with Detroit Real Estate Mogul, Bernie Glieberman, to create and establish Home Renewal Systems, LLC, concentrating on the implementation of HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program throughout Southeast Michigan and Ohio.  Awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2012 on behalf of the HBA of Southeastern Michigan.  HRS was also honored in 2012 by the National Association of Realtors for the “NSP Model for the Nation.”

Through this role, she was responsible for successfully soliciting, procuring and managing of 100% of all the company’s projects.  This includes federally funded projects in 18 different municipalities, as well as various other housing projects ranging from affordable housing, trust disposition, land banking, historic preservation, mixed-use and production housing developments. She also procured and implemented the company’s first Low Income Housing Tax Credit project in Fremont, Michigan, repurposing a historic high school, located on a downtown main street into senior housing. The project received numerous state and national awards including the EDSON tax credit award for best rural housing tax credit project in the country.

Shannon is actively engaged in maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, legislators, local units of governments and aligned interest groups to develop and support policies and legislation affecting federal and state real estate development. Worked on and championed several different pieces of legislation that were passed both federally and at the state level.

Shannon is a member of the following organizations:

  • Board member of the Michigan Community Development Association

  • Graduate of the Detroit Larson Center for Leadership 2013

  • Graduate of the George Washington University Place Based Strategic Planning and Walkable Urban Development Program, Washington DC

  • Policy member of the National Steering Committee for Locus/Smart Growth America

  • Member of the Advisory Committee for Redevelopment Communities, MEDC

  • Member of the Sense of Place Council

  • Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for ULI Michigan

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Monique Becker

Director of Development

Phone: (248) 943-5775
Email: monique@shelbornedevelopment.net


As Project Manager for Shelborne Development, Monique manages the work of the architects, contractors, lenders and municipal partners to ensure task completion and maintenance of project vision and schedule across multiple developments. Monique brings two years of experience working in Detroit development along with over a year of experience working as a school teacher within the City. Monique was previously Development Associate at The Platform where she filled a similar role. She also co-led the company’s community coordination efforts where she focused on empowering Detroit residents through construction and post-construction employment at each development. Monique, moreover, managed investor relations during the launch of the $75 million Platform Neighborhood Investment Fund. 

Prior to entering real estate development, Monique taught second grade at a Detroit charter school as part of the Americorps program, Teach for America and was awarded the “Meemic New Teach For America Teacher Award.” Although Monique is no longer a classroom teacher, she is still deeply committed to education, mentorship and volunteerism. Monique is a Teaching Assistant for the Better Buildings Better Blocks course, which teaches the essentials of small-scale real estate development to Detroiters, in partnership with University of Michigan, The Platform and Building Community Value. She additionally volunteers her time as a facilitator with the 21-year-old Focus:HOPE Generation of Promise program. At Focus:HOPE she engages metro Detroit high school students to build a community of young leaders who celebrate diversity in our often polarized region. Furthermore, working closely with the City of Detroit, Paxahau and We Are Culture Creators, Monique lead the creation of Resident Movement, a network of creatives launched in May 2018 that is focused on connecting young creative professionals, persons 18-30 with active and emerging portfolios of work, with mentorship and growth opportunities.

As a private real estate developer, Monique has co-purchased two duplexes in the Virginia Park and LaSalle Gardens neighborhoods. She remains committed to uplifting the area—through collaboration with existing residents and organizations—one space at a time. She believes working alongside block clubs, community development corporations (CDCs) and other community leaders is fundamental to building understanding, trust and sustained Detroit growth. As such, Monique is a member of the Virginia Park Community Coalition and volunteers her time with her neighborhood CDC at Central Detroit Christian’s after school enrichment program.

Monique was born on the City’s west side and raised in the Oakland County suburb, West Bloomfield. This experience provided Monique with unique insights into the disparate physical landscape, amenities and educational opportunities of various communities. Disturbed by these realities, she strives to combat inequities in all that she does. Monique graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a dual degree in International Studies and Spanish. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts Honors Program and was awarded a University of Michigan Library Undergraduate Research Award for her thesis on derogation in international human rights agreements.