Tom Burns leads the highly regarded Urban Ventures Group; a national consulting firm with 40 years of experience in community development system design and strategic organizational planning. He has extensive knowledge of best practices in place-based development, affordable housing and community economic development. His portfolio of prior engagements includes complex system-wide assessments and strategic redesign assignments for philanthropic, governmental clients and public-private partnerships. He has advised numerous national and local intermediaries and dozens of national and local funders.
Besides his experience in several Detroit assignments over the past 15 years, he has been involved with reshaping citywide community revitalization systems in Philadelphia and other localities including Baltimore, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Hartford, Memphis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. Much of his work has focused on revitalization approaches that are comprehensive in scope and that often bring together neighborhood-based entities with other institutional, civic and private sector partners.