Tom Lussenhop has worked in real estate and community development for over thirty years in numerous public, private and not-for profit settings. He began his career in New York City where he worked on the renovation of Carnegie Hall and the ground/air-rights lease development of an office tower on a parcel adjacent to the hall. He was a founding staff member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark NJ and served as its real estate and financial officer during its formative stages. From 1996 to 2003, Tom served as the Managing Director of Real Estate for the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on nearly every aspect of the University’s acclaimed neighborhood redevelopment efforts. Penn’s work was awarded the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award of Excellence in 2004.
In 2004, Tom founded Lussenhop and Partners, a real estate advisory and development firm whose advisory clients included Princeton University, Lehigh University as well as many large, not-for-profit clients seeking to leverage their real estate and revitalize their neighborhoods. On his own account and in partnership, Tom has also completed over $50 million in residential, retail and hotel development in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. He has extensive experience in complex entitlement processes, creative financing programs and both renovation and ground-up urban projects.
In 2012, Tom merged his development business with U3 Ventures and currently co-leads the firm’s development efforts with Omar Blaik. At the same time, Tom also merged his advisory practice with Omar Blaik and Karen Backus to form the nationally recognized consulting practice, U3 Advisors.
Tom received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and received his Masters of Public Affairs and Urban Planning from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School in 1987.