Gregory Anderson joined Bridge Street Development in 2019 with over 25 years of public finance investment banking experience, having served as a Managing Director with several Wall Street firms, including Lebenthal & Co, Advest Inc., WR Lazard, Dean Witter and Salomon Brothers. Most recently, prior to joining Bridge Street Development, Gregory served as a Financial Services Professional at New York Life/NYLIFE Securities where he participated in the New York Life African American Community Empowerment Plan, designed to create financial stability, economic opportunity and multigenerational wealth within the African American community. During his tenure at New York Life he also conducted financial seminars for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s MWBE Small Business Development Program.
Throughout his career in public finance, Gregory completed over $5 billion of financings for state and local affordable housing and economic development finance agencies nationally. He has assisted in the development and implementation of many housing finance innovations and programs designed to revitalize low income neighborhoods through rehabilitating aging housing stock and expanding homeownership opportunities in underserved communities.
Gregory has extensive experience with numerous governmental, social enterprise and private sector initiatives designed to promote economic development and job creation, including a newly constructed Marriott Courtyard hotel in downtown Newark, the Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, Community Academy Charter School of Philadelphia and Sarah Reed Senior Living in Erie, PA. Gregory has also provided project development and finance related guidance, support and technical assistance nationally to numerous municipalities, community development financial institutions and nonprofit community development organizations as a volunteer on the Advisory Boards of Wall Street Without Walls, the Financial Innovations Roundtable at the University of New Hampshire, and the Milano Community Development Finance Lab at the New School.
Gregory is a member of the Board of Directors and former Board Chair of WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT). WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT accomplishes its mission through community organizing, education and training, advocacy and research, and public policy development. Gregory has also served as a Board member of Healing Communities Network (HCN), a nonprofit that conducts therapeutic community support programs in six New York State Prisons. Through its prison-based therapeutic programs and community-based programs for returning citizens, HCN fulfills its mission to reduce recidivism by empowering participants to lead productive and fulfilling lives as members of the communities as they return to their families and neighborhoods.