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Leigh M. Ferguson

Leigh M. Ferguson is a Senior Development Advisor with Vita Nuova

With more than 40 years of experience in the real estate profession, Mr. Ferguson is an expert on downtown revitalization, affordable housing, mixed-use development, and partnerships with public and non-profit entities. He was most recently the Director of Economic Development for the City of New Orleans. In this role, he was responsible for facilitating downtown real estate development and investment, assisting the downtown community with issues affecting the business environment, advancing downtown planning, and attracting new business and development projects, resulting in the expansion of employment, tax base, and wealth creation in downtown New Orleans. Before his time in New Orleans, Mr. Ferguson was a senior-level (C-suite) developer in the private sector, involved in numerous commercial, mixed-use, and residential projects in various locations around the United States. 

Mr. Ferguson is a full Urban Land Institute (ULI) member and a recipient of the organization’s O’Donnell Award. He has been a member of the Urban Revitalization Council, the Chair for Mission Advancement of the Louisiana District Council, and the State P3 Chair for ICSC. Mr. Ferguson has served on 15 national advisory panels and chaired 14 of them. He has served on numerous civic and non-profit advisory boards, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.