Torrey L. Barrett is a native of Chicago and the principal of Imagine Development Group, a minority-owned and certified leading boutique real estate development firm with significant local experience in market-rate, mixed-income and affordable housing. Prior to starting Imagine Development Group, Torrey has a long history of running a social justice organization to improve the quality of life for thousands of youth.
In 2004, Torrey’s reputation for providing quality service and his efforts for bringing about peace received international recognition. Torrey was appointed U.S. Chapter President of Youth Federation for World Peace International. In that capacity, Torrey facilitated bringing large groups of youth from America to foreign countries to engage the youth of those countries in peaceful negotiations. Torrey’s work in the Middle East earned him an Ambassador for Peace title by the State of Israel. As U.S. Chapter President for YFWP, Torrey has partnered with Martin Luther King, III and the Realizing the Dream organization to work with citizen of Nairobi Kenya after the post-election violence that took place.
Torrey continues to dedicate his time boards and committees representing various important causes such as Chicago’s Business Leadership Council, Associate Board of Make A Wish Foundation, and Advisory Board for Chicago Fire Department, and Board of Directors for Youth Freedom for World Peace International, Advisory Board for University of Chicago Medical, and Founding Board Member of Emerald South (Obama Foundation CDC).
Torrey has received recognition from a great number of individuals and organizations, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel as well as: