David Reifman, JD, MA
David Reifman is Partner and Senior Vice President for Strategic Development Initiatives at Clayco’s real estate arm CRG. David leads key aspects of CRG’s national development activities, helps expand Clayco’s design and construction businesses in existing and new markets, and supports the Decennial platform focusing on scalable, long-term investments in Opportunity Zones with the goal of revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the country.
Prior to joining CRG, David served as the City of Chicago’s Commissioner of Planning and Development. In this role, David was the architect of Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, which creates resources for businesses in the underserved South and West sides and oversaw approvals for the Obama Presidential Center as well as many other large, complex mixed-use projects. He also led efforts to rehabilitate many of Chicago’s prominent landmark buildings, initiated reforms to enhance minority- and women-owned business participation in private development and created sustainability policies for effective green building development. Prior to his role with the City of Chicago, David was a partner at DLA Piper, where he practiced law for over 25 years with a focus on commercial, residential, and industrial development.
He has a passion for finding new therapies that would directly impact family and friends affected by epilepsy. As a CURE Board Member, he is excited to help fund novel research into alternative therapies to give more options to patients around the world.