John Grady

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Distinguished Alumni Fellow; President, PIDC

John Grady serves as President of PIDC where he is responsible for the organization’s efforts to develop and implement collaborative strategies designed to drive economic growth to every corner of Philadelphia.  In this role, John leads PIDC’s efforts to strengthen relationships with the public, private and philanthropic sectors to promote business growth, investment and development across the city and throughout its economy.  He also directs internal activities around business development, capitalization, impact assessment, and the development and delivery of real estate and financing products that fill project financing gaps for neighborhood and large-scale commercial, industrial and mixed-use developments, deliver capital to growing businesses, and energize the development of the city’s workplaces of the future.   

John has more than 25 years of leadership experience in public-private partnerships that drive investment, development and job growth in and around Philadelphia.  He joined PIDC in 1998 and has been its President since 2011 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.  Prior to joining PIDC, John spent 9 years with the Cooper’s Ferry Development Association planning and developing Camden, NJ’s commercial waterfront.

John is a native Philadelphian, born and raised in the City and a graduate from La Salle University with a BA in Economics and the University of Pennsylvania’s MPA program.  He is active on a number of Boards across the City, including at La Salle University, Roman Catholic High School’s Board of Advisors, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Drexel University’s Real Estate Council, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Real Estate Advisory Board, the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and the East Falls Development Corporation.  He and his wife live in the city’s East Falls section with their three children. 

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