James Johnson-Piett is responsible for the overall management of operations and strategic vision for Urbane Development, a community and economic development consultancy based in New York City. His work focuses on strengthening small businesses operating in underserved communities through market intelligence, technical assistance, and access to capital. Johnson-Piett will lead on structuring financing for the market redevelopment, creation of a 2-year pop-up market, and overall market management post-construction. Some of his clients include: The Green Grocer Project, Flatbush Caton Market, NYC EDC, NYC DCA, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Seattle Office of Economic Development, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), WK Kellogg Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Yale University, Toronto Public Health Department and hundreds of independent, small business clients throughout North America. James was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine in Spring 2016. He is currently Vice Chair of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and is a 2013-14 BALLE Local Economy Fellow, is a Co-Convener of the National Healthy Corner Stores Network, and sits on the advisory board of American Communities Trust of Baltimore. James is an alumnus of Swarthmore College and attended the MIT Center for Real Estate Professional Development Institute in 2007.
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