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Egbert Perry

Egbert L. J. Perry is the Chairman of Integral, a national urban development company he co-founded in 1993 with a mission to “create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities.” The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and specializes in large-scale mixed use development projects and a wide variety of housing and housing anchored developments in the mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, and Western regions of the United States. Since it was founded, Integral has become a premier provider of sustainable real estate, community, and infrastructure solutions in mature and emerging markets across the United States. Its portfolio consists of mixed-use, master-planned communities, Transit Oriented Developments (“TOD’s”), as well as affordable, workforce, and class “A” multifamily housing developed through its vertically integrated subsidiaries and affiliates in the fields of development, investment, property management and program management.

Over the years, the company has created approximately 10,000 housing units, and maintains a considerable development pipeline as well as hundreds of acres urban property prepared for development. Integral’s mission was first put on display in 1996 when Centennial Place, a collaboration that also involved another firm and the Atlanta Housing Authority, was created. This forward-thinking project was conceived by Integral. It was the nation’s first urban mixeduse, economically-integrated community, integrating early childhood development, K-12 public education reform, recreation, health & wellness facilities, mixed-income rental & ownership housing (incorporating replacement units for public housing-eligible households), commercial/retail uses and support services to help low-income families transition into the economic mainstream.

This holistic revitalization approach to community development was designated by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development as the National Model. The model is now widely used in the housing industry and has been replicated more than 250 times across the nation. Since inception, Integral has implemented scores of public-private partnerships that promote “responsible” urban development and Integral and Perry have received numerous awards and are regarded nationally as innovators in the field of urban development & investment, and community development. Their policy positions are often sought on issues of housing, community economic development, regional planning and development, public-private partnerships and K-12 education reform. Following the financial crisis of 2008, Perry was asked to join the board of the $3.2 trillion mortgage giant Fannie Mae. After five years on the board, Perry was appointed its chairman, a position he held until the end of 2018.

Over the 13-year period from early 1980 to late 1992, prior to the formation of Integral, Perry helped to grow an Atlanta-based real estate and construction company into the nation’s 3rd largest African-American owned business. An honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Egbert received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University’s Towne School, and a Master of Business Administration degree with majors in Finance and Accounting from its Wharton School.

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