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Bree Jones

Bree Jones

CEO

Parity

jones-breeWhen gentrification began happening to Bree Jones’ hometown of New Rochelle, New York, she decided to leave her venture capital investment analyst job and pursue equitable development.

In 2018, she founded Parity, a company that acquires and rehabilitates abandoned buildings by the block to create affordable homeownership opportunities. Her first project was the redevelopment of an abandoned house in the Bronx into three housing units.

After the project’s success, she looked around the country to find a city that could benefit from her company’s vision and chose to focus on African American communities in west Baltimore.

A member of the 2019–20 cohort of the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University, her peers voted to award her the $25,000 Cohort Prize based on company progress, plans for future growth and potential impact.

The Northeastern University graduate is proud of what she has been able to achieve since starting her company.

“I’ve launched anti-displacement programs in the neighborhood I’m working in, have assembled the first block of abandoned properties for redevelopment and have 20 pre-committed and preapproved homebuyers to purchase Parity’s homes,” Jones said. “I am using social enterprise as a way to dismantle oppressive systems and shift long term and multigenerational power and agency to the people.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 Leading Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.