Eric Anthony Johnson, Ph.D

Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson is an accomplished community economic development leader, delivering results by leveraging a solid academic, real estate, community development and policy background.  By applying strong business acumen and leadership talents, Dr. Johnson is as much at home building organizations through his enthusiastic energy, collaborative approach, and trust management as he is in making key contributions to real estate, community, and economic development strategy.

Dr. Johnson is continually energized by challenging opportunities and the pursuit of excellence and is a lifelong learner who values creativity, leadership, challenges, and opportunities to inspire people to achieve higher levels of success. As a seasoned urban development professional that has experienced both success and failure, Dr. Johnson knows firsthand the commitment and sacrifice required to assist communities in developing strategies for economic success.

Dr. Johnson is the founder and President of the urban development advisory firm Urban Regeneration Advisors ( The firm is dedicated to the regeneration of cities across America and the globe by providing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with strategies needed to adapt to an ever changing urban development environment. More specifically, the business model is based in a shared value philosophy designed to work with communities to create practices that enhance the competitiveness of the community while simultaneously advancing the amelioration of social and economic conditions.

In 2003, he obtained his PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. Dr. Johnson’s dissertation examined the impact of community development spending in the cities of Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington, DC. Dr, Johnson is an Alumnus of the Harvard Graduate School of Design AMDP, Harvard Business School Real Estate Management, Design and Finance Program and the Harvard JFK School of Government Public Trust Leadership Program. Dr. Johnson launched his professional career as a Presidential Management Fellow for U.S. Department of HUD graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration. 

Dr. Johnson is well versed in the context of economic and community development policy in America and has testified before the United States Congress Ways and Means Committee on community development initiatives. Dr. Johnson has conducted workshops and participated as a panelist in numerous venues related to economic, community development issues. At the University level Dr. Johnson has taught courses in economic development finance, public policy and public budgeting and holds a certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional, received a Certificate in Community Based Economic Development from the University of Delaware and is certified as a Business, Retention and Expansion Consultant and Senior Grant Writer and Reviewer. 

In summary, Dr. Johnson is a driven consummate executive whose career evidences exceptional leadership skills combined with a strong background in change management and operational transformations. He can bring game-changing approaches, solutions, and perspectives to the table due to his past experience in creating innovative, high impact organizations. Dr. Johnson is a proven difference-maker and change agent who knows how to deliver solutions by crafting vision and executing strategy that leads to concrete results. 

Eric Anthony Johnson, Ph.D Founder and President, Urban Regeneration Advisors

Eric Anthony Johnson, Ph.D

Founder and President, Urban Regeneration Advisors

Charlotte , North Carolina, United States

Finance & Fiscal Impact
Housing & Community Design
Project Management
Real Estate
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