CEO | Chicago Association of REALTORS®


Michelle Mills Clement, MNM, CAE

Michelle Mills Clement is the CEO of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, the “Voice for Real Estate in Chicago.” An experienced association executive for more than thirteen years, Mills Clement previously served as president and CEO of the Commercial Brokers Association (CBA) and association executive for the Washington State Commercial Association of REALTORS®. Prior to joining CBA, Mills Clement served as the Executive Director of NAIOP Washington State Chapter, the Commercial Real Estate & Development Association, where she implemented best practices in board governance and volunteer management.

Mills Clement is very active in the association industry. She is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE): The Center for Association Excellence and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. In 2019, she was selected as one of six association leaders for ASAE’s prestigious Fellows Program. In 2013, she was named an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar, a prestigious executive leadership program awarded to only twelve executive-level association management professionals per year.

Additionally, in 2019, she was named one of Crain’s Chicago Businesses’ 40 Under 40. She was also one of just 39 leaders selected to participate in the nine-month Chicago Urban League IMPACT Leadership Development Program, hosted through the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

She was awarded the Young & Aspiring Association Professional Award from Association TRENDS in 2013, named a Forty Under 40 Award recipient by the Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE in 2014, and received the Women of Excellence in Male-Dominated Careers by the Women of Color Empowered & Northwest Asian Weekly for her work in the commercial real estate industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Earlier in her career, she was employed with the Association Forum of Chicagoland as the Senior Manager of Member Communities & Programs. She previously held positions with the largest association management company in the world, SmithBucklin Corporation, serving both healthcare and trade association clients. Prior to SmithBucklin, she held fundraising and volunteer management positions with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Boy Scouts of America, where she consistently exceeded fundraising and membership goals.

She is a native Chicagoan and enjoys political campaign fundraising and volunteer management. She was integral in the election of Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) from Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District in Illinois. When not with her family, she volunteers her time as President for the Bradley University Black Alumni Alliance. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on the National Social Action Commission, a commission responsible for setting the legislative agenda for the 300,000+ women’s organization.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Bradley University in Peoria, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees and is active in their Black Alumni Alliance. She obtained her master’s degree in nonprofit management from DePaul University. She has a certificate in commercial real estate from the University of Washington and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification from ASAE.

She enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering, and cheering on the Chicago Bears (when they’re winning). She resides in Chicago with her husband Brace Clement, and their son Broyce.