James L. French
Jim joined the French Development Company, Inc. in 2002 as a development associate and has been active in the field of housing for over 30 years. Since 2008, he has been president and is responsible for the oversight of all real estate development projects. He has a firm understanding of project finance, capital budgeting, design, and planning for affordable housing and community facilities. Jim has a special interest in mixed income housing and sustainability initiatives. Many of his projects have included low income housing tax credits and he is seeking ways to finance projects that to lead greater regional equity in affordable housing. From 1993 through 2002, Jim was a senior planner for the Baltimore City Department of Planning. Prior to that he was a program manager in Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City from 1987 through 1993. He serves on the Baltimore City Commission on Historic and Architectural Preservation and the boards of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, and the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation. He is a member of the Lambda Alpha Society for the Advancement of Land Economics the Creative Alliance, and the Baltimore Heritage. Jim received his M.A. in community planning at the University of Maryland at College Park, his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and a housing finance professional certificate at the University of Maryland at College Park.