Michael Lemanski joined the School of Government in 2011. He has more than 15 years of experience using innovative finance mechanisms to complete complicated real estate development projects. Michael manages a team of development and planning professionals that lead community, economic development, and revitalization projects for state and local governments and their partner organizations. He is the founding director of the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), which assists local governments with attracting private investment for transformative redevelopment projects. His redevelopment portfolio includes more than 2 million square feet of vacant real estate where he has attracted more than $500 million dollars of new investment into some of the most distressed downtown areas. Lemanski is also the founder of Greenfire Real Estate Holdings and is a founding member of the Investors’ Circle NC local network. He graduated with honors from NC State University with degrees in chemical engineering and environmental science and earned an executive MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.