Lawrence H. Curtis, the President and Managing Partner of WinnDevelopment and member of the Board of Directors of WinnCompanies, has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 30 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 92,000 units, which Winn currently has under management in 23 states across the country.
Mr. Curtis’ primary focus has been on the creation of affordable housing, mixed income housing and historic rehabilitation developments. In recent years under his leadership, WinnDevelopment has transformed historic properties and rehabilitated thousands of units of housing valued at $500 million.
He is a past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Multi-Housing Council. Mr. Curtis serves on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Curtis served as the 2006 chairman of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and as a co-chair of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ annual campaign in 2008. He has also received numerous awards, including the Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts and The Rental Housing Association’s President’s Award.
In addition, Mr. Curtis co-founded New Lease, a non-profit based in Boston that provides a clearinghouse of affordable housing units for families staying in state-funded shelters and motels throughout Massachusetts. In 2014, he was also a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he currently guest lectures.