Placemakers Summit

Tommy Pacello

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Tommy Pacello

President of the Medical District Collaborative

Tommy Pacello is an attorney and city planner. He specializes in innovative yet pragmatic approaches to city building. Tommy is the President of the Medical District Collaborative, a non-profit community development organization focusing on the redevelopment of the Memphis Medical District. The Memphis Medical District is a 2.5 square mile area consisting of 8 major medical, educational, and research Anchor Institutions. The District sits along the eastern edge of Downtown Memphis and is home to more than 15,000 people and 24,000 employees and students.

Prior to working with the Medical District Collaborative, Tommy served as a member of the Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis, Tennessee. This non-profit, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is charged with developing strategies to address the city’s most pressing challenges. In Memphis, the team focused on generating economic vitality in core city neighborhoods, reducing youth gun violence, reducing the number of blighted and vacant properties, and improving service delivery among city departments.

Tommy previously worked with the Austin, Texas based firm Code Studio where he managed several national planning and development code projects for cities across the country. Tommy began his career as an Assistant City Attorney in Memphis representing the city on legal matters involving planning, zoning, and constitutional law. He managed the development of the city’s first unified development code.

He was recently named one of the top 40 Real Estate Professionals under the age of 40 by Urban Land Magazine and serves as the Chairman of Mission Advancement for the Memphis Chapter of the Urban Land Institute. He is also actively involved with the Congress for the New Urbanism and is a frequent national speaker on civic innovation and urban issues.


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