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Brian Murray is the CEO and Founder of Shift Capital, a Certified B-Corp impact real estate group headquartered in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, and focused on aligning capital and philanthropy with underserved communities.
Brian didn’t start his career in real estate. He started his career at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers as an auditor and quickly moved into the technology space where he helped found two startups. A stint in the Peace Corps, building community in Bulgaria, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management, followed.
While in graduate school Brian observed the growing interest in impact investing. At the same time he made his first real estate investment and discovered the importance of socially minded development. And with this his journey into real estate was complete. He fell in love with the process of developing real estate where it matters. All of these things come together in Brian, a man focused on doing well by doing good.
Together, on this podcast, Eve and Brian explore the challenge of developing real estate for purpose.
Insights and Inspirations
- Brian proves that it’s possible to have a robust real estate business focussed on under-served neighborhoods.
- Community engagement really means embedding yourself and becoming part of that community.
- Finance is at the core of making change. We need financial institutions and the philanthropic world to step up and make it possible to build much more real estate in neighborhoods that need the investment.
Information and Links
- Shift’s latest inclusive project is Jumpstart Kensington a real estate accelerator for the Kensington community.
- RevErie, staged by Shift, an event at the nexus of art, citizenry and community designed to uplift and inspire.
- The Reimagine Storefront Challenge is an inclusive development strategy to reactivate storefronts on Kensington Ave.
- Urban Action: Kensington Gateway, a collaboration with UPenn, Penn Praxis, Olin, New Kensington CDC and Hinge Collective seeks to activate a severely challenged intersection with thoughtful, community-informed designs for public open space.
Image courtesy of Brian Murray, Shift Capital