John Napolitano serves as the Senior Project Manager of Inspiring Places for the Brownsville Partnership. John is an urban planning professional with 20 years of experience in community development and project management and a deep personal commitment to affordable housing for those who need it most, including low-income families, the elderly, and those at risk of homelessness. Prior to joining Community Solutions in 2017, John served as a Director for two large nonprofits in NYC, overseeing the design, construction, and financing of over 800 units of affordable housing, including residences with commercial/mixed-use components and passive house design standards. Given Community Solutions’ mission of strengthening communities and ending homelessness, John and the rest of the Inspiring Places team have been tasked with developing new, equitable housing models in Brownsville, Brooklyn that are affordable to a range of incomes. John lends expertise and institutional backing to the Brownsville Community Land Trust (CLT) and helps land RFPs in Brownsville. John holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from Pratt Institute and is a graduate of New York University’s Leadership Enhancement Program, as well as a former member of housing policy organizations such as LiveOn New York and the Municipal Arts Society. In his free time, John is actively involved in the mentorship of several young men who have aged out of the foster care system, helping them in their transition to adulthood.
- LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
- HATES: STATUS QUO THINKING
- SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR