John Grady

Senior Vice President, Northeast Region Executive

John serves as Wexford’s Northeast Region Executive and Senior Vice President of Development. With more than 30 years of experience, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in building and managing public-private partnerships that drive investment, development and job growth. In his role, John develops relationships and executes projects that create and expand Wexford’s Knowledge Communities throughout the Northeast, including Philadelphia’s uCity Square, Providence’s Innovation & Design District, and Pittsburgh’s Innovation Corridor.

Prior to joining Wexford, John served as President of PIDC, Philadelphia’s city-wide public-private development corporation where he was responsible for efforts to drive economic growth to every corner of Philadelphia.  In this role, John led PIDC’s efforts to strengthen relationships among the public, private, institutional and philanthropic sectors to promote business growth, investment and development across the city and throughout its economy.  He directed activities around business development, capitalization, impact assessment, and the development and delivery of real estate and financing products that filled project financing gaps for neighborhood and large-scale commercial, industrial and mixed-use developments and delivered capital to growing businesses.  John joined PIDC in 1998 and served as its President for 9 years after serving in a variety of senior leadership positions, including overseeing PIDC’s city-wide real estate development activity and its acquisition and redevelopment of The Navy Yard as a premier business campus.  Prior to joining PIDC, John spent 9 years with the Cooper’s Ferry Development Association planning and developing Camden, New Jersey’s commercial waterfront.

John is a graduate of La Salle University with a BA in Economics and the University of Pennsylvania’s MPA program. He is active with a number of corporate, higher education and civic organizations in Philadelphia, including serving on the Board of Directors at PECO Energy, an Exelon Subsidiary; as a Trustee at La Salle University; and on the Board of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  He also serves as a member of the President’s Real Estate Council at Drexel University, the Corporate Council at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Innovation Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.

 

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