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James Johnson Piett

Principal & CEO, Urbane Development, LLC.


James Johnson-Piett is responsible for the overall management of operations and strategic vision for Urbane Development, a community development venture 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. Under his leadership, Urbane has worked with over 1000 small businesses, attracted or retained over 1.1M SF of commercial/community facility space including 400K SF of national retail, and helped raise over $50M in capital in 20+ communities throughout North America. Urbane also acts as a co-developer of commercial and mixed-use real estate in underserved markets in New York and Detroit.