Today we’d like to introduce you to NeAnna Ammerman McLean.
NeAnna, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am 3rd generation Real Estate Professional (Realtor & Certified Data Scientist w/a distinction in Housing predictive analytics).
My grandfather was a Real Estate attorney and Developer. Much of his work was rooted in collaborating with other like-minded professionals to enhance communities and lives via advocating for folks’ understanding of Real Property and how to generate wealth doing so.
I started as a Real Estate Professional in advocacy managing a large donor asset portfolio working for the NAACP Ntnl HQ in Baltimore city. I quickly learned that Real Estate was a way to bring communities together to learn more of our similarities and differences.
I later became a licensed sales professional where I was able to do more to transform communities with the same diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy lenses that I learned from Civil Rights pioneers and mentors over 25 years ago at the start of my career.
My take on the work and passion is that housing and mental and health is interchangeable; one always impacts the other.
I intend to continue with this mantra daily in my comings and goings as a Housing and Community advocate with a STRONG emphasis on fair and equitable practices in my industry. I hope I’ve made a difference with my recommendations at a leadership level to foster lasting, impactful change in Baltimore and surrounding areas for generations to come.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has NOT been a smooth road. NOTHING has been easy about my journey. I do not come from a quiet, “safe,” community. I graduated from a Prince George’s County Public HS before heading off to Baltimore City to attend undergrad at Morgan State University. I never realized at the time, that like everyone else; our early shaping of the world inside and around us is shaped by our housing. Is it safe, stable??? Food security, child care, even the curriculums of the local schools that we attend, shapes our perceptions. I didn’t graduate from a HS that necessarily encouraged and challenged its students forward. So what that looks like in the world inside and outside of a young person, is very low expectations of the present and future. Suggestive value is real in a child’s life. I didn’t develop very big dreams and concepts of my future and place in the world until later in life.
My parents were extremely loving and not toxic at all in my household but I certainly attended school and played with children who grew up VERY different in their households. Mix that all together and you’ve got a big group of peers. And we all know that peers shape a human being.
I witnessed my fair share of community violence and mistreatment by leadership but as I grew and was mentored by NAACP constituents, a non-black boss by the name of Scott Melton who tasked himself with instilling, job and career, “ownership,” in me; I got the hang of things and was able to benefit from the contrast provided to me. We only benefit from the contrast that diversity provides. That is equity at its finest; access to contrast. Hence DEI. Equity is the anchor.
What does success mean to you?
I define success as one’s ability to say, feel or know that their accolades have positively impacted someone in a quantifiable way. My EXTRA way of saying, “Making a difference,” because I’m an extra kinda chick when it comes to my passions.
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