Gregory Reaves has spent more than 30 years working in publicly traded and private companies. He graduated from Howard University, Washington, DC, with a BS in Chemical Engineering, where he also played division I soccer. He began his career with Johnson and Johnson, and then joined Merck and Co. Inc., where he received eight promotions and held eleven different positions during his tenure with the company. Greg received patent protection for a device he created to support a manufacturing line while in tablet compression. He was also awarded the Gadsden Fellowship, a prestigious company-sponsored fellowship that led to the creation of the Penn-Merck Science Initiative, a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, the National Science Foundation, and Merck to train elementary school teachers in science education. In addition, he headed college recruiting, directed of State Government Affairs, managed all national and international media relations, and worked closely with the CEO to communicate global policies, including those that led to the reduction in pricing of AIDS medicines to the developing world. He was also Vice President, Research Communications and Policy, where he led worldwide communications strategies, including the management of the Merck Manual. Greg left Merck and joined a mid-size real estate development company, where he became a member of the executive team and held specific responsibility for operations, hiring, marketing, public relations, commercial leasing and government relations. He helped manage 5 million square feet of real estate. In 2008, Greg and his partner formed Mosaic Development Partners to focus on investing in disenfranchised communities to reduce blight, increase jobs and drive new market-based approaches to create greater housing affordability. To date, their investments have totaled more than $150 million in direct investments in Philadelphia neighborhoods and created a new ecosystem for real estate development with and in communities of color. He currently serves on the Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Chester County Economic Development Council.
Gregory is speaking at CREW Greater Philadelphia's November 16, 2021 event.