A 4th generation Philadelphian, in the last 18 years Jeff has helped hundreds of creative and community-minded folks create homes and spaces across the region. Jeff has toured as an instrumentalist, ran a record label, and taught darkroom photography at Fleisher Art Memorial for many years. Jeff is a founding member, Past-President, and current Board Member of the EKNA civic association and helped start Philadelphia’s Citizen Planning Institute. He most recently finished a 3-year program in Ecological Gardening at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware focused on habitat restoration with native plants.
His work in real estate and community has been noted by leaders from City Hall to the streets of Kensington. He co-founded EKNA’s zoning committee and has done extensive work with City Council members, testifying on neighborhood issues, helping to write legislation, and contributing to the zoning code rewrite of 2011. Jeff has also partnered with NKCDC for their housing counseling program and many revitalization projects.
His experience with Multiple Sclerosis fostered a new awareness of health, energy, diet, and how we share health wisdom in our communities. In 2009, he co-founded the Kensington Community Food Co-op project to open a community-owned grocery store in Kensington. A share of the proceeds from his agent work is invested directly back into community projects and local business start-ups. Jeff lives in Kensington, where he has created a courtyard of 19th-century rowhouses for artists and changemakers. A current project is co-curating and producing an outdoor concert series at the Emerald Street Wildflower Garden in the Kensington/Fishtown area.
Jeff serves people of all walks and budgets. “The city is blossoming; you can make your place here whatever your calling is. I work with baristas, musicians, and bankers alike, so long as there is heart in the endeavor.”