J. Donald Henry is a founding principal and CEO/President of Village Partners, a company focused on the block-by-block development of in-fill residential over ground floor retail on main streets and within pedestrian oriented mixed-use projects. A twenty- two year real estate industry veteran with a unique balance of skills in finance and investments combined with hands-on experience in the planning, design and management of urban residential and mixed-use real estate developments. Prior to launching Village Partners, he was Vice President of Development/Acquisitions for the Related Companies, a national owner/developer of affordable and market-rate urban residential and mixed-use projects. He was responsible for an urban residential development team focused on establishing a pipeline of high density, urban in-fill residential and mixed-used project opportunities. Mr. Henry was responsible for developing the business plan, focused site acquisition plan and marketing program for the urban in-fill residential/mixed-use development team. He also oversaw the feasibility, pre-development and design activity of over 700 units, 65,000 square feet of retail and over $150 million in total development costs and new deals.
Prior to joining Related, Mr. Henry was a Vice President of Development with Legacy Partners / Lincoln Property Company (Western Region), one of the largest privately held owner/developers and managers of multi-family residential and commercial properties in the western United States, where he was responsible for the management of the development activities of the teams most successful built projects and pipeline of urban in-fill residential and mixed-used opportunities. Mr. Henry managed the development activities for multi-family / mixed-use projects totaling over $350 million in total development cost.
Prior to Legacy / Lincoln, Mr. Henry was a Senior Associate with the international design firm of Sasaki Associates where he oversaw the planning and design of several multi-use projects and new master planned communities.
Mr. Henry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Design from California State Polytechnic University, completed postgraduate study at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont University and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.