John J. Thomas

Assistant Project Manager, Real Estate

jthomas@community.solutions

As Assistant Program Manager, Real Estate, John supports the management of the Swift Factory Redevelopment Project; including coordination of local construction hiring efforts, and ensuring compliance to the project’s aggressive resident and minority hiring goals. John engages residents, community organizations and leadership in Hartford’s North Hartford Promise Zone neighborhoods through Community Solutions’ Northeast Neighborhood Partnership, Inc. Through community meeting attendance and networking, John establishes strong community relationships and organizes efforts to provide permanent employment opportunities at Swift and the creation of the North Hartford Community Land Trust, providing healthy and affordable housing units for residents and employment for neighborhood subcontractors. John engages North Hartford both personally and through writing and disseminating information about the Swift Factory Development and the North Hartford Community Land Trust while gathering input about community expectations for the factory’s use. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, John served as an organizer for various political campaigns in Hartford’s North End. He also served for eight years as a staff writer and photographer for Hartford’s African-American newspaper, The Hartford Inquirer.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: TOP-DOWN APPROACHES
  • SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR

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