Candace Damon

Chair of the Board

Candace is the Chair of the Board of HR&A Advisors, Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in the management of complex, public-private real estate and economic development activity. Candace has devoted her career to crafting sustainable urban redevelopment strategies in cities across North America. Her specific areas of expertise include supporting master planning efforts for large-scale revitalizations, ensuring the long-term viability of urban open space, leading organizational planning for non-profits and institutions, and addressing the financial challenges of making commercial and multifamily residential buildings energy efficient. Candace also engineers successful strategies for downtown and waterfront redevelopment across the country.

  • Harvard University, Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Amherst College, Bachelor of Arts, American Studies
  • HR&A Advisors, Inc (formerly Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler, Inc.), Vice Chairman, 1988 — Present
  • G. Works Founding Partner, 2009 — Present
  • Webster & Sheffield Real Estate Associate, 1986 — 1988
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Research Associate, 1985 — 1986
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Research Associate, 1984 — 1985
  • New York City Office of Management and Budget, Office of Community Board Relations Analyst, 1981 — 1983
  • Women of Influence Award Real Estate Forum, 2008
  • The Art of Rezoning, Langan Conference, January 2017
  • Designing Resilient Cities: Nurturing an Adaptive Approach to Change, ASLA Conference, October 2016
  • All Trails Are Not Created Equal, ASLA Conference, October 2016
  • Cultural Districts from Coast to Coast, APA Conference, April 2016
  • Green Infrastructure District Planning, Park Pride Conference, March 2014
  • Financing Seattle’s Park System, Seattle Parks Foundation, October 2013
  • Prerequisites for Effective Cultural Partnership, IDA World Congress, October 2013
  • What Makes a Vibrant Public Space?, St. Paul Parks Conservancy, October 2013
  • Resiliency in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mayor’s Institute on City Design, September 2013
  • Public-Private Development: Unlocking Value, Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting, San Diego, May 2013
  • Industry to Art: Revitalizing Cities through Culture, National Building Museum, April 2013

Chouteau Greenway Economic Growth and Governance Plan, St. Louis, MO

Supporting development of an iconic regional parks and trails district in the City of St. Louis and two surrounding counties that would connect two of the city’s iconic parks: Forest Park and Gateway Arch. Evaluating potential economic development opportunities around key nodes of the proposed greenway alignments and identifying incentives to support development. Developed working definitions of equitable economic development and metrics by which to evaluate equitable economic growth and working with numerous stakeholders to draft goals and potential strategies for equitable development along the greenway. Apart from the economic growth plan, also advising Great Rivers Greenway on potential governance structures for the alignment and surrounding geographies.

Development Strategy for Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY

Created an investment and development strategy to guide capital planning and development activity at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard over the next decade. Led a multidisciplinary team to assess engineering and utility systems, and conduct site, transportation, environmental, marketing, and capital budgeting planning.

Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, Brooklyn, NY

Supported the development of a strategic plan for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. Identified key supply-side barriers to industry growth and developed initiatives and incentives to remedy the real estate and economic challenges facing the tech and creative industries growth within The Triangle. The plan included real estate, economic, public realm, transportation and workforce strategies to foster the continued growth of the tech and creative industries in Brooklyn. The APA New York Chapter recognized the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan with the 2013 Meritorious Achievement Award.

Economic Development Strategy, Atlanta, GA

Formulated an action plan for a citywide economic development strategy on behalf of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development authority. Interviewed stakeholders and reviewed economic development research conducted to date to identify appropriate policy and investment strategies to grow target industries and address development challenges.

Economic Development Strategy, CT

Developed a broad set of economic development policy initiatives, for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, to encourage smart growth and brownfield redevelopment, improve transportation, promote sustainability, facilitate technology transfer, and improve delivery of economic development services. Prepared implementation strategies and cost estimates to support policy initiatives.

Arts District Creation in Greensboro, NC and Brooklyn, NY

Directed all tasks related to assessment of the feasibility of and consequent real estate appreciation related to creating cultural districts in multiple locations, including Brooklyn and Greensboro, NC. In Brooklyn, prepared a business plan and organizational strategy for the Heart of Brooklyn, a partnership between the cultural anchor located in Central Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo.

Business Planning for Heart of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Directed all tasks related to assessment of the feasibility of and consequent real estate appreciation related to creating a cultural district in Central Brooklyn. Prepared a business plan and organizational strategy for the Heart of Brooklyn, a partnership between the cultural anchor located in Central Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Redevelopment Strategy for the Blue Valley Corridor, Kansas City, MO

Created a redevelopment strategy for Kansas City’s 3,500-acre Blue River Valley Industrial Corridor to encourage job creation and advance equitable economic growth. Though the corridor benefited from recent flood mitigation investment, active industrial uses, and brownfield sites – the adjacent neighborhoods have faced long-term disinvestment. Assessed existing conditions, engaged stakeholders, and defined an economic and physical redevelopment vision. With the city’s economic development corporation, identified priority locations, created physical concepts, and crafted an implementation strategy to attract investment through infrastructure investment and land acquisition and disposition.

Shelby Farms Park Strategic Planning, Memphis, TN

Created an operations and maintenance business plan outlining governance and long-term funding opportunities to support the development of Patriot Lake at Shelby Farms Park. Developed operating revenue projections for the lake’s planned elements and other market-supportable, site-compatible uses. Produced a business plan for the operations & maintenance of Patriot Lake that outlines recommended governance and long-term funding opportunities to support the park’s development.

Hance Park Master Plan, Phoenix, AZ

Developed an implementation strategy to revitalize Hance Park, in Phoenix, Arizona. The strategy synthesized public and private resources and priorities with a unique approach to capital, operations, and maintenance funding, as well as governance and phasing. Assessed potential to attract capital, operations, and maintenance funding to identify priority early-phase investments at specific program nodes. Recommended sustainable partnership models between the City, the Hance Park Conservancy, and additional organizations – including adjacent institutions, business improvement districts, and non-profit conservancies – to develop suitable management and operating capacity. The Hance Park Master Plan received the 2015 Honor Award in Analysis and Planning from the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Los Angeles River Governance and Implementation Strategy, Los Angeles, CA

Recommended a governance structure and initial work plan for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation’s Greenway 2020 initiative, a project to establish a Greenway along all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. Advised the Corporation on business planning and building operating capacity to implement its initiative. Facilitated meetings between Corporation staff, board members, and key stakeholders, including representatives from Los Angeles Mayor’s office, to assess current organizational and fundraising capacity.

Revitalizing Charlotte’s Third Ward, Charlotte, NC

Led the master planning effort for the revitalization of Downtown Charlotte’s Third Ward on behalf of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Analyzed the local real estate market to the location and configuration of a much-needed park and advised the County on a land negotiation to accommodate this proposed amenity. Outlined the park’s programming and recommended a management structure.