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LEADERSHIP

PHILLIP COHEN, PRINCIPAL

Phil leverages over a decade of affordable and mixed-income housing development experience working in both the public and private. Phil's projects include over 4,000 units of housing and leverage local, state, and federal resources to create affordable and market-rate rental and ownership housing for families and elderly adults. Phil has worked with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Workforce Housing funds, CommonWealth Builders funds, RAD and Section 18 conversions, and myriad local funding sources. In the public section, Phil wrote the 2015 Inclusionary Development Policy and worked on other middle-income housing policies including Linkage, density bonuses, and compact unit policies while permitting over $2B and over 4M square feet of construction including thousands of housing units. 

Phil grew up in a half Puerto Rican and half Jewish household, is a musician, kiteboarder, and an instructor of capoeira at Mandingueiros dos Palmares. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the MIT Center for Real Estate, is the Co-President of the MIT CRE Alumni Association, is on the Mayor of Boston’s Affordable Housing Development Review Advisory Committee, and is an active member of the Builders of Color Coalition.

MARIE MORISSET, PRINCIPAL

F. Marie Morisset, brings over a decade of real estate investment, development, operations, and leasing experience. At Boston Communities, Marie works on all aspects of the development life cycle including financing and closing large mixed-income multifamily rental and ownership communities. Marie's professional experience expands 20 years across financial services, management consulting, health care, information technology. 

 

Marie is a Haitian-born native American who moved to Massachusetts with her family in pursuit of a better life and education. While growing up, her parents were offered affordable

housing in one of Nuestra Comunidad’s properties where her family resided for more than 15 years before purchasing their first home. This experience has helped her define what it takes to create thriving and sustaining communities. Marie is also an active member on several non-profit boards that intersect real estate development, childhood education, food access, and helping marginalized communities including the Builders of Color Coalition, Stetson School Fund, South Shore Stars, and Mass Farmers Markets. She holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University and is a Certified Professional in Commercial Real Estate.

WHAT WE OFFER

Boston Communities brings affordable and mixed-income development expertise paired with a deep understanding of local communities.

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Development

  • Affordable and mixed-income rental housing

  • Middle-income ownership housing

  • New and existing communities

Permitting

  • Guidance through local permitting and zoning

  • Community outreach and organization

HOW WE WORK

  • We develop affordable and mixed-income communities by leveraging tax credits with State and local subsidies.

  • With a deep history of community organizing, Boston Communities engages in a community-first approach to permitting." 

  • We support developers and property owners through the entire development process."

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