Paul R. Levy is President & CEO of Philadelphia’s Center City District (CCD), serving in that capacity since January 1991. Mr. Levy planned, and received both property owner and legislative approval for the $18.7 million downtown management district, which provides security, hospitality, cleaning, place marketing, promotion, and planning services for the central business district of Philadelphia. To date, the CCD has also completed $56 million in streetscape, park, lighting and façade improvements.
James R. Pearlstein is the founder and President of Pearl Properties, a full-service investment real estate company focused on the development, acquisition, ownership and management of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties throughout Philadelphia and Chicago. With more than 15 years of real estate experience in Center City, Philadelphia, Mr. Pearlstein's company has completed nearly 100 acquisitions. As a long-term owner of real estate, Mr. Pearlstein's company is known for its A+ locations, dedication to high quality property management as well as its unparalleled commitment to the neighborhoods where it invests.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Pearlstein has been a leader in the redevelopment of several important properties in Philadelphia's most prestigious locations, including Rittenhouse Square, Wash West, Fairmount, Olde City, Logan Square and along the Avenue of the Arts.
Prior to founding Pearl Properties, Mr. Pearlstein spent 4 years in senior management at Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) where he directed special acquisitions, including the acquisition of land and investment properties. Mr. Pearlstein, a graduate of Georgetown University (BA) and Temple University's Law School and Business School (JD-MBA), grew up in the Philadelphia area and presently resides in the area with his wife and three children.
Sara Doelger is an Associate Director of Redevelopment at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Sara is responsible for redevelopment projects within the company’s portfolio, with a focus on urban projects in downtown Philadelphia, PA. Sara’s experience prior to joining PREIT includes the development of multi-family, retail, and mixed-use properties.
Sara holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sara also earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Palmer Scholar and Co-President of the Wharton Real Estate Club.
Sara is active in the Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia District Council as the chair of the Roundtable Series, and she founded the Indiana District Council of ULI in 2007. Sara also serves on the Boards of the Philadelphia Civil War Museum and Summer Search Philadelphia. She is the chair of the Retail Caucus of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance, and is a member of the events committee of Philadelphia Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).
Chris Terlizzi is a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Commercial Real Estate Lending at First Niagara Bank where he is responsible for Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New England. His career in commercial banking and real estate lending spans more than 37 years and includes executive leadership positions at Citizens Bank, Fleet Bank and Fidelity Bank in addition to founding principal roles at Laurier Capital Advisors, LLC and PREIT Capital Advisors.
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Chris is the current chairman of ULI Philadelphia, a non-profit education and research institute whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land. ULI Philadelphia encompasses more than 1,100 members throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, the southern half of New Jersey and the State of Delaware. In addition, he serves on the boards of Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, Center City District, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.
Laura is Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia District Council where she is responsible for all operations, programs, policy and management of the 1,000-member organization. ULI is global non-profit organization fueled by over 40,000 members in land use, real estate development and planning with the mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
This year, Laura returned to her native Philadelphia from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where she developed and managed a portfolio of preservation finance programs, transactions and policy initiatives. Laura has significant federal and local experience managing housing and community development projects, large scale programs and policy issues including serving in Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Housing Recovery Operations as Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Partnerships and as an Obama Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Laura holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at Penn, and a bachelor's degree from Cornell.
Dan and his wife, Alison Fritz, moved into the Passyunk Square neighborhood in 2008. Born in the Roxborough section of the city, Dan grew up in Upper Darby, attended St. Joseph's Prep and has a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University. Throughout his career, Dan has been a teacher, coach, and roofer as well as the Policy Director on a statewide U.S. Senate campaign, and the head of multi-year journalism project at WHYY, He is currently Vice President, Digital for a major political consulting firm. In his spare time he helps with outreach for the South Philly Food Co-op and is on the vestry of Christ Church Philadelphia.
David Goldfarb is a financial systems developer who is a member of Passyunk Square Civic Association.
Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Andrew grew up to love everything about this city and cities in general. During his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Andrew channeled this interest into an academic career in Urban Studies. He contributed to redevelopment projects happening in local communities as member of the Urban Advisory board. Post-graduation, he became involved in the residential, commercial, and technological real estate industries, having recently served as Senior Manager for Industry Relations for Zillow. Andrew realized, however, that entrepreneurship was where he thrived.
Andrew witnessed the evolution taking place on East Passyunk Avenue and decided to become part of this renaissance. Passionate about the local food movement, he and his brother Adam established Green Aisle Grocery in 2009, a boutique market stocking farm-fresh, artisanal, and high-quality goods. Their business has since expanded with the creation of their own product line sold at area farmers' markets and a second storefront in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in 2014. He hopes to open future locations within the vicinity, making real food more accessible to those living in Philly's diverse neighborhoods.
Andrew is an avid traveler, Sixers fan, Manhattan drinker, and real estate geek currently living in South Philadelphia.
Alan Hoffmann is a native and current resident of South Philadelphia. Alan has spent his entire career in the design and construction industry, having been the long-time CEO of Vitetta Architects and Engineers (the firm responsible for the design of the now famous “Singing Fountain”) until his recent “retirement”. He is currently a management consultant serving a diverse client base, as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at Philadelphia University.
Alan has a great deal of experience as a Board Member of non-profit corporations, both currently and in the past. At this time, he is a member of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the Vendemmia Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Architectural School at Philadelphia University, and the Condominium Board of the Regency at Packer Park, where he and his wife Kim reside. In the past, he has served on the Board of the Philadelphia Sports Congress and North Philadelphia Health System.
Alan is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and Drexel University.
Darren Fava is a member of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and serves on the zoning committee.
Sarah Anton is the current President of Passyunk Square Civic Association. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and has lived in Passyunk Square since 2003. She became actively involved in the civic association in 2012 and has since helped manage the Beautification Committee and the area Tree Tender group. She served as liaison for neighborhood projects such as PWD's Soak It Up Adoption program and Mural Arts installations, helped organize teams to care for Passyunk Gardens and the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center permaculture garden, and served as the PSCA Treasurer. Sarah also serves on the Advisory Committee for Capitolo Playground.