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Derrick Lanardo Woody

Chief Executive Officer

 

Derrick Lanardo Woody has a talent for branding and priming overlooked and underserved, urban neighborhoods to attract significant new private investment.  He employs unique approaches based on each neighborhood's assets and leverages infrastructure investments into compelling narratives resulting in new investments.

 

He founded DLW in 2012 after working within the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the Office of Planning.  During his tenure, he created and managed a popular, citywide, redevelopment program on nine major corridors simultaneously--the Great Streets Initiative.  The numerous economic planning processes led by Derrick are resulting in billions of dollars in new investment.  Since departing from the District, the Great Streets Initiative has been expanded to included two additional corridors.

 

Derrick led the community planning process which resulted in "REVIVAL:  The H Street NE Strategic Development Plan."  Paired with the subsequent streetscape and transportation plan, the coordinated, interagency focus on H Street laid the groundwork for the Great Streets Initiative.  

 

H Street has evolved as a national example of successful and inclusive planning yielding real-time results. In 2013, the corridor was the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Great American Main Street Award."  Forbes Magazine ranked H Street sixth out of 250 neighborhood districts in major cties in its review of "America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods."  H Street ranked first in USA Today's "10 Great Places to Explore Urban Neighborhoods" in August 2011.

 

Other planning processes led by Derrick are also resulting in the revitalization of multiple neighborhoods.

 

He has assisted numerous property and business owners and developers to navigate cumbersome regulatory approvals and through public/private finance negotiations.  Signature projects include the restoration of the historic Howard Theatre through a complex structure involving New Markets Tax Credits, historic tax credits, tax increment financing, private finance, and public grant funds.  Derrick was also instrumental in convincing the owner of the strip center H Street Connection to pursue mixed use redevelopment.  There are numerous other projects upon which Derrick has worked in an effort to make neighborhoods vibrant for existing and new residents and investors.

 

Derrick previously worked as Executive Assistant for Special Projects in West Palm Beach’s Mayor’s office; as Urban Designer at Stull & Lee Architects and Planners in Boston; as Project Planner for the City of Cambridge's Economic Development office; and others.  He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard Design School and his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University.

 

To request a more detail curriculum vitae for Derrick and for business purposes, please email dlwllc.advisory@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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