The Team

Retail Therapists. Business Developers. Fixers.

The Urbane team utilizes decades of community development expertise to plan, design, implement and evaluate strategies to elevate the communities in which we work. Our core competencies include community engagement, business development, market intelligence and insights, program design and development, organizational capacity building, and place-based investment and development that create value for enterprises and communities.

Urbane’s work is framed by a participatory action research (PAR) approach, allowing us to foment the bedrock of transformative communities. Our strengths are grounded in this unique approach, executed by a creative and diverse team with talents and interests across economic development, public policy, small business strategy, and real estate development/management.

James Johnson-Piett, Principal and CEO

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Sunil Narayan, Director of Operations and Business Development

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 Naim Brown, Director of Place-Based Investment

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Lisa Thompson, Market Director – Flatbush Caton Market

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Ana Luiza Hoepfner, Office Administrator

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 Chiara Passerini, Senior Consultant

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Androniki Lagos, Senior Consultant

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Mina Addo, Consultant

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Maggie Clark, Consultant

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In addition to the staff at Urbane, we utilize a network of partner firms and professionals to extend our capacity and add additional value to our clients and communities: Our Collaborative.