Dannis Mitchell

Sr. Director, Supplier Diversity
Barton Malow

Dannis Mitchell is a commercial real estate and construction industry executive committed to implementing

strategies that help clients connect development projects to the communities in which they are built. Results-driven

and dedicated, she has more than 20 years of experience that has focused on driving growth throughout the industry

with new business, while dissolving entrenched biases through targeted engagement initiatives. Her role has

continuously evolved at Barton Malow, where she currently serves as a member of the organization’s leadership team.

Leading Community Engagement, Dannis works with clients throughout the U.S. to position the company for project

opportunities that align with the organization’s core values and business development strategy. She builds and

strengthens relationships with key stakeholders, including developers, union representatives, city council members,

county commissioners, MBE, WBE, Small and Veteran Owned subcontractors and suppliers, community development

organizations, educational institutions, and more. She leads a team focused on increasing supplier diversity and

equity in the skilled trades to support Barton Malow’s business and workforce development initiatives in 15 offices

across 9 states.

Dannis is a Detroit native and has developed an extensive network of relationships in the real estate and

construction community. She has worked with clients to negotiate and enforce compliance of community benefits

agreements (CBAs) on projects throughout the State of Michigan including: the Henry Ford Health Destination:

Grand Redevelopment ($2.5B), Hudson’s Site Development ($1.4B), Wayne County Criminal Justice Center ($533M),

Marygrove Campus P-20 Initiative ($120M), the eXchange Detroit ($65M), Little Caesars Arena ($863M) and Pontiac

Schools District 2020 Bond Program ($100M). Additionally she has worked on notable projects across the country

with business and workforce inclusion goals including: Fayetteville Baseball Stadium and Entertainment Venue

Project ($40M;Fayetteville, NC), Penn State Hershey Medical Center Innovation Pavilion ($150M; Hershey, PA), Baycare

Health South Florida Replacement Hospital ($220M; Tampa, Florida), USF Football Stadium Redevelopment ($340M;

Tampa, FL), UVA Olympics Sports Center ($40M; Charlottesville, VA), Knoxville Multi-Use Stadium ($100M; Knoxville,

TN) and Vanderbilt University Athletics Redevelopment ($200M; Nashville, TN).

Her depth of expertise comes from a career in strategic planning, real estate, construction, marketing and business

development. She was previously employed with construction-based firms L.S. Brinker Company and Walbridge,

where she developed new business as well as marketing plans for commercial, industrial, automotive and

international development projects. Dannis joined Barton Malow in 2013 and was previously responsible for the

development of proposals and business strategies for securing construction management contracts. Since then, her

role has grown into a unique position of connecting the community to development projects, where she supports

teams to secure new business and implements programs to deepen diversity and inclusion on projects through

workforce initiatives and diverse contractor mentoring. She is also responsible for establishing and monitoring joint

venture and mentor-protege partnerships between Barton Malow and diverse firms at the project management level


In 2016, she created the Barton Malow Boot Camp, a paid work experience and skilled trades program, focused

on training women and minorities ages 18-24 across the country. Since its creation, the program surpassed 100

participants, which exceeded the company’s 5 year goal for the program. In 2021, the program received national

recognition from the Associated General Contractors of America, winning the AGC in the Community Award.

In 2021, she worked in conjunction with Rocket Community Fund and Community Reinvestment Fund USA to launch

the Motor City Contractor Fund, a contractor capacity building initiative focused on providing financial products,

mentorship and technical assistance to contractors in the Detroit market.

Dannis is a graduate of The University of Michigan and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in

Marketing. She is a licensed commercial real estate professional and a 2023 graduate of the Cinnaire WE Build

Developer Program, which provides financing and technical assistance to female developers. Previously, she has

completed the Building Community Values – Better Buildings, Better Blocks Real Estate Development Program

(2019), Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program (2017), Inforum Executive Leadership Program

(2016) and NAWIC Construction Industry Technician (CIT) Program (2011). Additionally, she served as a member of the

Wayne County Transition Committee, under County Executive Warren Evans (2014).