James M. DeFrancia — JC Nichols Prize Jury

Jury Chair
Principal, Lowe Enterprises, Inc.
Aspen, CO

James M. DeFrancia is President of Lowe Enterprises Community Development, which provides development management and advisory services on planned communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. DeFrancia is engaged in residential, commercial and resort development. He has been involved in real estate development for more than 30 years; prior to that, he served as an officer in the US Navy.

DeFrancia is a Life Trustee of the Urban Land Institute where he has participated in or chaired more than 20 Advisory Service Panels helping communities and organizations address strategic issues of land use, development and revitalization. He is a past national director of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a former Virginia representative to the Southern Growth Policies Boards and a former member of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He has been a guest lecturer/panelist for the Bank Lending Institute; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; George Mason University and George Washington University.

DeFrancia is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, with postgraduate studies in business and finance at the University of Michigan.

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