We bring comprehensive solutions to communities that jumpstart housing, education, civic engagement, and neighborhood prosperity.
A Michaels neighborhood is a beautiful, bustling place to call home. It’s a launching pad for people to move to the next level of their lives.
Establishing an enduring legacy requires exceptional vision, inspired leadership, tremendous teamwork, constant innovation, and a corporate culture that nurtures aspirations in all of our people.
Michael J. Levitt founded Michaels in 1973. Back then it was a four-man operation developing subsidized housing. Today, Michaels is a national leader in residential real estate and the nation’s largest privately-held owner of affordable housing. In 1993, Mike established The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation, which administers scholarships to Michaels residents. Mike and his wife, Pat, match every private donation to the educational foundation two-for-one. Mike is a housing visionary, a philanthropist, a world-class angler, and a 2012 inductee into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame.
John provides strategic leadership and oversight to The Michaels Organization, nurturing a culture of empowerment and excellence among his executive team and 2,000+ employees. During his tenure, Michaels has more than doubled in size and entered new market niches, including military, student housing, and luxury living. John joined Michaels in 1998, and his prior roles include COO and CFO.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mark has overarching responsibility for Michaels’ management operations, our debt and equity platforms, and the support functions of Information Technology, Human Resources, and Corporate Marketing. Mark began his career as a property manager with Michaels over 30 years ago and in 2015 was appointed COO. His previous positions include serving as President of our Affordable Living management company.
As Chief Financial Officer, Joe has responsibility for the financial and accounting operations of all Michaels’ operating companies. He leads us in the structuring of transactions for Michaels’ developments and acquisitions and ensures the continued preservation and recapitalization of Michaels’ affordable portfolio. Joe serves on the Board of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and as a Board Member for the 1260 Development Corporation.
Kimberlee has primary responsibility for managing our affordable housing portfolio, which includes Michaels’ own assets as well as fee-managed properties. Her portfolio spans 35 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kimberlee joined Michaels in 2009 and has more than 30 years of experience in the property management industry.
Ron leads our military housing development, renovations, and management operations. Ron is also the lead on Michaels’ commercial and market-rate developments in Camden, New Jersey, including our new corporate headquarters and 11 Cooper, the first luxury apartments to be developed in Camden in almost two decades. Ron has over 32 years of successful project planning and management experience in both the public and private sectors.
Joe has primary responsibility for the development and management of Michaels’ student living portfolio. He is also leading Michaels’ luxury living developments, creating market-rate and mixed-use multifamily. Joe has more than 25 years of experience in the housing and development industry.
George has overarching responsibility for all construction operations for Michaels Construction, from conception and pre-construction advisory services to full-scale general contracting and completion. He provides oversight of both independent general contractors and our own construction efforts for affordable, student, and military housing markets. During his career, George has successfully completed student living and multifamily construction projects totaling over $600 million, and has construction/demolition experience for retail and commercial development, particularly large-scale projects up to 1,000,000 sq. ft.
As Executive Vice President of Development, Kenneth Crawford co-leads Michaels Development—Affordable Living. Ken provides both leadership and support to Michaels’ development teams. This includes developing and implementing uniform processes and procedures for Michaels’ projects and ensuring that projects are efficiently executed from the time of initial funding commitments through the final hand-off to management. In addition, Ken identifies areas for systematic improvement in our business processes, giving particular emphasis to strategies that promote interaction among all our various disciplines – development, design, construction, management, leasing, and capital structuring.
As Executive Vice President of Development, Mr. Pratt co-leads Michaels Development—Affordable Living. Mr. Pratt focuses on pipeline growth and asset performance through relationships with various governmental and industry groups. He works closely with Michaels’ regional development teams to generate opportunities and works with Michaels’ management team regarding existing asset restructuring under HUD’s RAD/MTM or ACC programs.