Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship: Inclusive Ownership of Neighborhood Retail

2020 was a year of pandemic, protest, and political pandemonium, according to our speaker. With images of urban commercial properties being vandalized, Lyneir Richardson, an educator and social entrepreneur with a deep background in retail and business development, asked: Can inclusive ownership, getting more inner-city minorities to have a stake in the commercial properties in their neighborhoods (particularly in their essential shopping centers), bring increased economic opportunities and reverse community disinvestment?

Join the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and the student-managed real estate investment fund of George Mason University for a discussion with Lyneir Richardson, his vision for inclusive retail investments, and the fund’s recent social impact investment in Walbrook Junction, a neighborhood shopping center in west Baltimore.


Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online
Fee: Free, Registration Required
For more information, please contact:
Name: Roderick Maribojoc
Email: [email protected]

Featured Speaker:

Lyneir Richardson is the co-founder and CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social social enterprise initially funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Chicago Community Trust to invest in profitable retail projects that can drive transformative change. He is an experienced commercial and residential real estate developer with over 17 years of experience in urban retail development.

Lyneir is also a Professional Practice Instructor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ, and the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), where he leads capacity-building programs that have assisted over 400 entrepreneurs.

Lyneir has served as Chief Executive Officer of the primary economic development corporation in Newark, NJ, for two different mayoral administrations. He was Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc., where he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities.

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