In April 2016 Gregory Heller was appointed Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), the City’s implementation arm for community development. Under the umbrella of the City’s Department of Planning & Development, PRA seeks to responsibly redevelop its inventory of publicly owned property and manages a portfolio of development and affordable housing finance products.
Greg’s career has focused on the intersection of real estate and social impact—how physical projects positively impact people and communities. In June 2013, Greg was one of the speakers at TEDx Philadelphia, where he presented on “how to set up social impact real estate.” Previously Greg served as CEO of American Communities Trust, a national community development consulting group with projects in more than 25 cities. He also served as a Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions and Director of the Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation in Philadelphia.
In 2017 AIA Pennsylvania presented Greg with its Government Award, presented annually to a public official. That same year he was named 40 Under 40 by the Philadelphia Business Journal, and in 2016 was selected as a member of the Urban Land 40 Under 40, representing “the best young land-use professionals from around the globe.”
Greg is the author of “Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia,” a biography of Philadelphia’s renowned former planning director, published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2013. For over 10 years Greg has served on the Board of Directors of Families Forward Philadelphia, one of the city’s largest homeless services organizations. Greg is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He lives in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.