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John Given - Chair

John Given is founder and principal of CityBuildAdvisors, utilizing his expertise in city building and real estate to assist civic and private ventures challenged by today’s opportunities and achieving tomorrow’s potential. John served as a Principal, Development of CIM Group, LP from 1997 to 2012 where he led award-winning development projects in urban markets across California. Prior to joining CIM, he was the City Planner for Greeley, Colorado for four years before returning to his native Los Angeles, where he served the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency for seven years and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency for five years. For over three decades, John has worked on building partnerships between public development agencies and private real estate development companies engaged in high priority redevelopment projects and transit-oriented development. His accomplishments include catalytic redevelopment projects in downtown Los Angeles and around the Hollywood METRO stations.

p align="justify"> Mr. Given is an active member of the Urban Land Institute Los Angeles District Council. In addition to serving on the board of directors of LINC Housing, he was a founding board member of the Hollywood Entertainment District and was chairman of the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission. John received a B.A. degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Regional Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 
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