Harrison’s experience living in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Hong Kong, Chicago, rural Honduras and San Francisco, working in low-income neighborhoods in Nashville, Milwaukee, Washington DC, San Jose and the East Bay, and traveling to the world’s great cities, have given him a unique perspective on how urban environments evolve.
Born and raised in Charlotte by an avid outdoorsman, as he watched the city sprawl outwards, his interest in urbanism formed from a desire to protect our forests and farmland. Later, during his education at UNC – Chapel Hill (BA Economics; BA Philosophy; Minor in Music), through his role as a Business Advisor in Peace Corps Honduras, and under the tutelage of New Urbanism leaders, he developed an understanding of ‘green urbanism’ as a foundational solution to climate change, as a lever for social equity, as economically efficient, and as a promoter of healthy lifestyles. These values now underpin CoHab’s work.
Prior to founding CoHab, Harrison spent nearly seven years developing sustainably-built elementary schools, on tight timelines and budgets, using industry leading construction technology, all located in under-invested neighborhoods. During this time Harrison was responsible for managing $140M in construction, totaling 11 schools, across four states, including two LEED Platinum campuses and the first Net Zero Energy charter school in the United States.
Prior to CoHab, John was a financial consultant focused on impact investing and public-private partnerships. His past clients included government agencies, financial institutions and social enterprises. In partnership with Tideline Advisors, Third Sector Capital Partners, and SVT Group, John has supported a range of projects that include development finance, Pay for Success, local economic development and environmental restoration. John began his career as an investment banker at PNC Bank in New York. He earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science in Financial Engineering from Columbia University.
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As a one-time resident of Delhi, Berkeley, Berlin, San Francisco, and New York, Mohit is a staunch urbanist. His personal and professional experiences have inspired a commitment to shaping urban places for a wide variety of preferences and lifestyles. He is a voracious neighborhood explorer and an avid city biker.
Prior to CoHab, Mohit led multiple initiatives at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the City entity charged with creating jobs, building infrastructure, and leveraging City-owned land. Mohit worked across a wide variety of topics: real estate, land use, broadband, freight distribution, and more. One highlight of his tenure was working with partner agencies on a strategy to grow the transit-oriented commercial office market in Brooklyn and Queens. Mohit started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company after graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics.