Director of Development, DePetro Real Estate Organization LLC

Having been involved in the development of residential real estate in urban renewal areas, the opportunity to serve on the board of Urban Verde is a continuum of my passion for renewing our cities. Since 1982 when I restored my first brownstone in Jersey City, I have dedicated my business to restoring and creating innovative uses for abandoned properties throughout New Jersey’s urban areas.

While working on an affordable housing project that involved six “shell” row homes in the historic district of Newark I earned a nickname. When the director of development came to the job site, she commented that the buildings were like “orphans.” She looked at me and said that made you the orphan developer. This has stayed with me, and I use it to describe myself to this day.

When not involved with work, I enjoy walking in natural habitats. I volunteer my time by serving on three different community boards and consulting with historic preservation groups.