PIDC Talks Impact-Driving Real Estate Investments at Total Impact Summit 2022

This month, PIDC partner, ImpactPHL hosted Total Impact Summit 2022: Investing for New Economies. ImpactPHL is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to growing the Greater Philadelphia region’s impact economy. The organization’s two-day summit provided an opportunity for individual and institutional investors, fund managers, and financial advisors to connect with aligned peers, learn about local and global innovations, discover investable solutions, deploy capital, and generate social impact. A range of topics were covered during the two-day summit, from integrated investments in local communities across the U.S. to global ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) alignment. 

Day two of the summit featured a showcase of investable solutions designed to engage a wide variety of investors with a dynamic array of investable opportunities in the Philadelphia region. Ben Franklin and Investors Circle hosted a session titled Startups & Early Stage Impact Investing, Opportunity Finance Network presented a session on CDFI’s and community investment, and Built By Philly – a partner initiative of the City of Philadelphia‘s Department of Commerce, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and PIDC – hosted a session on catalytic financing for Philadelphia’s BIPOC entrepreneurs. 

PIDC hosted a session on impact-driving real estate investment which featured a diverse group of four rising stars on the local development scene. In this session moderated by Lawrence McComie, PIDC’s vice president of project finance, each developer made a 7-minute pitch on an impactful real estate development fund model or portfolio in hopes of fundraising capital. The pitches focused on the solutions driven forward by certain investments, such as racial equity, wealth building, access to resources, and more. Here’s a snapshot of our incredible presenters.

Adriana Abizadeh

Executive Director, Kensington Corridor Trust

Kensington Corridor Trust LogoThe Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) builds long-term community wealth and protects long-term affordability for the residents of Kensington by decommodifying real estate assets and transitioning them to neighborhood control. The neighborhood trust acquires, develops, and reactivates commercial mixed-use properties along Kensington Avenue and serves as a steward of the assets that are collectively owned and governed by the neighborhood.

Adriana Abizadeh
Executive Director
3400 J Street, Unit G12
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Kevin Williams

Partner, Black Squirrel

Black Squirrel logoBlack Squirrel Collective exists to create a platform for underserved communities and connect them to the resources and assistance that are vital to sustain a thriving community ecosystem. Black Squirrel strengthens small businesses by helping them build capacity, provide them with access to capital, and help them clearly understand the needs of the people they serve.

3401 Market St #2
Philadelphia, PA 19104

James Johnson-Piett

Principal/CEO, Urbane CARE Fund

Urbane logoStarted in North Philly in 2008, Urbane builds the infrastructure that catalyzes community wealth, generating economic opportunities and wealth creation in historically disinvested communities. The Urbane team, comprised of 20+ mission-aligned professionals, utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthening community anchors – research and analytics, business development and operations strategy, and place-based investing.

James Johnson-Piett
Office: 347.674.2509 ext.404
Direct: 917.472.9105

Stuart Hean & Imani Hamilton

Director of Investments, The Collective Investment Group

The Collective Investment Group logoThe Collective Investment Group (TCIG) is an investment management firm that focuses on impactful real estate opportunities led and owned by Philadelphia’s growing network of Black real estate developers. TCIG is targeting attractive impact outcomes and financial returns by financing projects with strong leadership and compelling business plans driven by professionalism, cultural competency, market expertise, and community benefit. TCIG benefits from the management team’s experience in private equity real estate investment  and economic development. The team has first-hand experience working with Black developers and entrepreneurs, underserved markets, and impact investing initiatives in Philadelphia.

Steven Sanders


Please contact the developers above for details on their investable initiatives. 

To learn more about how ImpactPHL is accelerating Greater Philadelphia’s impact economy, click here.

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