Principal + CEO
James Johnson-Piett’s work focuses on strengthening small businesses and community anchor institutions operating in urban communities, through an integrated approach that includes research, consulting, and place-based investing. He is Principal of Urbane, a MBE firm with offices in NYC and Philadelphia. James spearheads Urbane’s co-development platform, which includes Caton Flats, a $135M mixed-use development project featuring the redevelopment of the historic Flatbush Caton Market and 256 units of affordable housing in Brooklyn. James has worked in communities across North America and the Caribbean and helped raise over $60 million for small business and community development initiatives in low-income areas. Currently, James serves as a board director of The Merchants Fund in Philadelphia and Community Solutions, Inc. in NYC.