The Minneapolis Area REALTORS® (MAR) Board of Directors has appointed Carrie Chang as the Chief Executive Officer, the ninth leader in the association’s history. She is the first woman and the first person of color in this role at the association. Carrie is a leader with vision and passion for our local community who joins with a breadth of experience across corporate and nonprofit sectors.
Chang was an executive with Greater Twin Cities United Way who previously worked in marketing with General Mills and in management consulting with Accenture.
“We conducted an extensive search, and based on Carrie’s strong skills, knowledge, and abilities, we believe she is the right leader for our organization,” said MAR search committee chair, Cari Linn.
The move marks a new direction for the forward-thinking association whose mission is to provide the resources and leadership for REALTORS® to succeed while promoting stronger, sustainable communities. The 132-year-old association is poised to grow its influence and leadership as housing plays a key part in the health of the local economy.
MAR President, Todd Urbanski sees Chang’s role as a continuation of the great work the board and the staff has embarked upon with their strategic plan. “It calls for initiatives that strengthen our member and public communications, and it will be exciting to watch how Carrie’s strategic marketing and engagement background can help bring this to life,” said Urbanski. “We couldn’t be happier with Carrie joining our REALTOR® family.”
She started in early April and has already begun work on current and new initiatives. “I am grateful for the opportunity to support REALTORS® who are a vital part of our region and communities. I look forward to working with the MAR staff and partnering with this engaged board as we serve our members and the public. And, I’m honored, humbled and excited to know what my appointment means to the many women and the people of color in our industry.”
Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and earned her MBA from Kellogg School of Management in marketing. A resident of Edina along with her husband, Jin, and their two daughters, she grew up in a suburb of St. Paul but moved to the west metro upon her return to Minnesota after graduate school.