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Elinor Bacon

President, E.R. Bacon Development

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Elinor Bacon has more than 30 years experience in housing, real estate development and community development in the public and private sectors. Ms. Bacon formed E.R. Bacon Development, LLC (ERBD), a real estate development and consulting firm, in 2002. The firm’s focus is on urban infill; mixed-use, mixed-income development; affordable housing; and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Current joint venture developments include: co-developer for First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Washington, D.C., to be demolished and rebuilt into a LEED Gold, architecturally-significant building with 150,000 sq. ft of office, a sanctuary, and social service program space to serve homeless people;  partner in Hoffman-Struever Waterfront LLC, to redevelop the 40 acre Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C., into hotels, office, affordable and market rate condominium and rental housing, public parks, piers and promenades, a renovated historic fish market, and marinas; partner with McCormack Baron Salazar to redevelop a 60 acre site in Ithaca, NY.

The firm’s primary consulting clients have been Forest City Washington, the Housing Authority of the City of Spartanburg, SC, and the DC Housing Authority (DCHA). ERBD currently is serving as Development Consultant for the Spartanburg Housing Authority on the implementation of its $90 million, 510 unit residential and commercial HOPE VI Program and with DCHA on strategic planning and implementation, and HOPE VI. ERBD also assisted Forest City Washington on its successful proposal to develop 44 acres on the Washington, D.C. waterfront at the Southeast Federal Center, and to redevelop a 30 acre mixed-use site adjacent to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, MD. ERBD is a DC-Certified Local Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

From January 2001 to April, 2002, as President and CEO, Elinor Bacon launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), a public real estate development corporation established by the Washington DC Council, with the mission to spur economic development throughout the District, primarily in emerging and underserved neighborhoods. From June 1997 to January 2001, Ms. Bacon served, under HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Housing Investments. In this capacity, she administered the $4.2 billion HOPE VI Program and other Public Housing Capital Programs with annual appropriations of approximately $2.5 billion. 

Before joining HUD, Ms. Bacon was a private real estate developer and consultant in Baltimore for 12 years. Earlier, Ms. Bacon worked in the field of public sector housing and community development on the City and Federal levels of government, for The Johns Hopkins Hospital as Community Development Director, and as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, Maryland’s first African American congressman. 

Ms. Bacon has a Master of Arts Degree in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The New School for Social Research, NYC.  Bacon is a member of the Congress for The New Urbanism and The Urban Land Institute. She serves on the DC Historic Preservation Review Board and the Council of Advisors to the University of Maryland Real Estate Development Program and Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development. Ms. Bacon received the 2004 Seaside Prize for her work in HOPE VI. She has traveled to and lived in various countries in Europe and Asia. She participated in two Habitat Global Villages Builds in Guyana and Papua New Guinea; Mozambique is planned for September 2009.


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