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Michelle Dowling Schafer
Co-Founder and Principal


Michelle Dowling SchaferMs. Dowling Schafer is a 25-year veteran of commercial real estate investing and development. A highly successful investment entrepreneur who is currently engaged in sustainable commercial real estate development activity, Ms Schafer has joined TLC as a co-founding Principal and is working integrally with TLC’s founder, G. Scott McCormack in the strategic planning and launching of TLC Ventures, LLC. She brings a unique vision, an unbridled enthusiasm for the green movement and her commitment to trail-blazing and best-of-class team building to the TLC team.

While the first 17 years of Ms. Schafer’s career were spent working with some of the most prestigious & prominent real estate firms in the country (Southland Financial Corporation; Copley Real Estate Advisors and TIAA-CREF), she exited her institutional life in late 2000, and embarked upon a personal and professional journey to re-tool as a real estate entrepreneur. Relocating her family from the New York area to Los Angeles, she started a company to strategically acquire undervalued commercial assets. Ms. Schafer was the co-founder and president of Arroyo Realty Partners, a private real estate investment company that, within a 16 month period, acquired a portfolio of office buildings in Hawaii and California valued at more than $76 Million. Ms. Schafer’s vision for identifying under-valued markets and properties; employing creative capital structuring and targeted asset management strategies with a careful eye to the timing of the hold and exit strategy for these investments, resulted in the netting of tremendous gains for her team and her investors. Arroyo executed a timely disposition of all of its operating assets in 2007 to an institutional investment firm, generating sizable returns in excess of 200% for its investors.

In late 2007 she reached a milestone personal decision to re-focus her career and professional activities around the “greening” of the built environment, a topic about which Ms. Schafer is passionate. Michelle graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University. She resides in Pasadena, California with her husband, David, who is a practicing clinical psychologist.


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