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David C. Allen —
Executive Director Innovalab (Formerly KCLBA)
David has 20 years’ experience in urban community revitalization. Allen has founded several successful community-based development organizations including Oakdale Neighbors, City Vision, and most recently Lighthouse Communities (now LINC). David also served on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education for 7 years and was the Board President for 2 years, and has recently served as Grands Rapids’ 3rd Ward City Commissioner. Allen is a certified MSHDA Technical Assistance Consultant and worked with numerous community development groups throughout Michigan.
During his tenure at LINC and most recently at the Innovalab, Allen has been responsible for the development of over 800 units of residential and commercial properties resulting in over $75,000,000 in development. Dave Allen also currently serves as Grand Rapids’ 3rd Ward City Commissioner.
David de Velder —
Director of Real Estate Development
David has 25 years of real estate development experience. Through his work as Director of Development for both Inner City Christian Federation and Habitat for Humanity Kent County, de Velder has overseen hundreds of new construction, renovation, and larger scale redevelopment projects. The most notable project completed by de Velder was the demolition and redevelopment of two complete City blocks on the SE side Grand Rapids. Prior to this work de Velder, who has a degree in Environmental Studies and Earth Science, worked for 10 years as an environmental consultant. David has extensive experience with the clean-up of highly contaminated sites throughout the States of Michigan and Illinois. David is also a State of Michigan licensed real estate agent.
Ezekiel Mojica —
Ezekiel is a graduate of GR Catholic Central High School and is working an Associate’s Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Mojica is part of the Innovalab’s new leadership development program and is learning all aspects of real estate development by providing administrative support to the Executive Director and Director of Real Estate Development.