Michelle McLean, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain in Tacoma, recently was recognized with national and local awards for charitable work in the South Sound.

Michelle McLean

Michelle McLean. Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Bain.

McLean received the Coldwell Banker Hero of the Year award at the brokerage’s annual Gen Blue conference. The award, which recognized McLean’s long-term commitment to the South Sound community, is only one of three national awards bestowed by the Coldwell Banker network, according to a statement. It is awarded to an individual, office, or company that “takes great pride in giving back and ensuring that those in need have a trusted advocate for a bright future.”

The Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors recognized McLean on March 27 with its REALTOR Community Service award, which recognizes a Realtor “who has provided outstanding contributions to the local community as well as being an active professional member of the Association.” Nominees must be a Realtor, and selection is based on accomplishments that “affected the most people and for which the nominee received no money for the work done.”

Finally, McLean will be formally recognized in June with the City of Destiny Award for adult leadership, which recognizes outstanding local volunteers in the city of Tacoma. The program is spearheaded by a committee appointed by the city council comprised of local community leaders. The committee develops the nomination tools and selection criteria, selects the award winners, and plans the annual awards event.

Before beginning her real estate career, McLean ran Peace Out, a Tacoma nonprofit that “taught teens the importance of philanthropy and connected individuals with community causes that ignited their passions.” McLean also has donated a portion of her commissions to the Billy Ray Shirley Foundation, My Purple Umbrella, Tacoma Narrows Rotary, and Northwest Furniture Bank, organizations she also has sometimes volunteered with.

McLean has also rallied the community to worthy causes. When she met a family of two grandparents and seven grandchildren that needed significant home repairs, Michelle mobilized more than 500 people to remodel the home. Her actions sparked the development of a more formal Community Home Makeover program.





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