Tommy Pacello, Memphis, TN

President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative

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Tommy Pacello is an attorney and city planner. He specializes in innovative yet pragmatic approaches to city building. Tommy is the President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, a non-profit community development organization focusing on the redevelopment of the Memphis Medical District.
Prior to working with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, Tommy served as a member of the Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis, Tennessee. This non-profit, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is charged with developing strategies to address the city’s most pressing challenges. In Memphis, the team focused on generating economic vitality in core city neighborhoods, reducing youth gun violence, and reducing the number of blighted and vacant properties.

Tommy previously worked with the Austin, Texas based firm Code Studio where he managed several national planning and development code projects for cities across the country. Tommy began his career as an Assistant City Attorney in Memphis representing the city on legal matters involving planning, zoning, and constitutional law.

  • Community organizing / civic engagement

  • Advocacy

  • Storytelling/Public Speaking

  • Permitting/navigating regulatory requirements

  • Leadership development / organizational strategy

  • Urban design

  • Tactical urbanism

  • Activating vacant lots / vacant spaces


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