Jenifer Acosta

Community Development. economic development. Real Estate Development.

Jenifer Acosta Development
  • CEO of Jenifer Acosta Development

  • BS Sociology - Southern Illinois University

  • MS International Administration & Sustainable Development - University of Miami

  • Real Estate Development Graduate Certificate - New York University

  • LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development

  • Larson Leader at Urban Land Institute

  • 2017 RUBY Award Recipient

  • 2017 Crain’s Detroit Michigan Change Makers: Ones to Watch

  • Founder of Great Lakes Bay Young Preservationists

  • Co-founder & Vice President of Infuse Great Lakes Bay Community Development Organization

  • ULI Michigan Local Product Council Member for Housing and Community Development

  • The Incremental Development Alliance Faculty


Board and Committee Service


I don’t do basic. I don’t do dropped ceilings. I don’t do cookie-cutter construction.

What I do is revitalize communities – and I do it by preserving historic buildings, building high quality housing and untangling the red tape that can get in the way of community development.

As a real estate development professional, I’m deeply dedicated to creating meaningful spaces that have character and quality. As a community development consultant, I’m dedicated to creating places and experiences that bring people together. That’s why I’m passionate about resurrecting historic buildings and neighborhoods, with an eye on energy efficiency and sustainability.

I love getting my hands dirty inside old buildings, finding the highest and best use of a building long-forgotten, unearthing architectural treasures and sharing them with folks who value them as much as I do. Why? Because when historic character intersects with timeless elegance and community context, you’ve created something special. And we’re all better because of it.

New construction and the redevelopment of infill properties and brownfield sites is as much a passion. Strategizing the highest and best use of a property that deserves to be transformed from a vacant is needed in communities across Michigan. Infill redevelopment can be momentous in rebuilding neighborhoods and downtowns.
— Jenifer Acosta

A Day in the Life