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Monique Becker

Monique is a Detroiter, real estate developer and community organizer. She is the co-
founder and Partner of Mona Lisa Development, which focuses on rehab of duplexes in
Detroit into curated coliving, gathering places and short-term rentals. She formerly
worked as Director of Development for Shelborne Development, where she
oversaw project architects, contractors, lenders, municipal partners and others to


ensure the maintenance of project vision and schedule across the portfolio. Prior to
joining Shelborne, Monique worked for The Platform where she led community
engagement efforts, investor relations for the company's $75 million fund and supported
the management of several large multifamily and mixed-use projects.

Monique is also a founder and Managing Director of CREATIVE RELATION (CR), an
organization that acts as a conduit to connect Detroit’s emerging creatives of color with
growth opportunities by cultivating strong relationships with business and government.
Monique leads the organization's strategic direction, partnerships and fundraising
efforts.

The education of Detroiters has always been a priority for Monique. She previously
taught second grade in the City and is currently a Teaching Assistant for Better
Buildings Better Blocks. This course teaches the essentials of small-scale real estate
development to City residents, in partnership with University of Michigan, The Platform and Building Community Value.