John’s work focuses on development finance, the revitalization of urban communities, regional economic development, waterfront redevelopment and asset planning for institutions. John’s core skills include structuring public-private partnerships, development finance, building parklands, and creating innovative development strategies.
John’s wide-ranging practice is national and international in scope ranging from New York to Cincinnati, San Antonio to London. He works with large-scale urban transformations, as well as discrete real estate transactions. Since founding the New York office of HR&A in 1984, John has led bold plans that have reshaped important waterfronts, downtown districts and neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Anacostia River Waterfront in Washington DC, and the 2012 Olympic Parklands in London.
Before founding HR&A, John held several positions in city governments, including serving as City Manager of Santa Monica, California. John currently holds various board positions for numerous organizations including, Emeritus Board Chair at Friends of the High Line; Member and Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future; Board of Directors for SL Green Realty Corporation; Board of Directors for Xenia Hotels & Resorts; Member of the Global Agenda Council on Urbanization of the World Economic Forum; and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, Masters in Real Estate Development Program.