DIRECTOR OF NEIGHBORHOOD STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT, GRAFFITO SP
Gustavo Quiroga leads the Neighborhood Strategy practice at GraffitoSP, a real estate development and urban design advisory firm in Boston focused on complex ground floor planning, activation, retail leasing, and branding for institutional landlords and developers.
At Graffito, Gustavo helps spearhead the firm’s neighborhood-scale planning and strategy work, supports clients’ community engagement efforts, and produces creative placemaking and temporary urbanism initiatives with small business, artists, and community partners.
This past winter, Gustavo took a leave of absence from Graffito to serve as Transition Director for Kim Janey’s historic transition from City Council President to 55th Mayor of Boston. In that role, Gustavo oversaw coordination and department briefings with the outgoing administration on behalf of Janey, managed transition planning and strategy, led the process to staff the new Mayor’s leadership team, and produced Mayor Janey’s historic swearing-in ceremony. Gustavo also managed a Transition Advisory Committee made up of over 150 cross-sector leaders from across Boston, culminating in the delivery of a report to the Mayor outlining policy recommendations across key issue areas.
Prior to joining Graffito in 2014, Gustavo’s work was focused on urban economic development, community and political organizing, and launching social enterprises. He helped lead a campaign for Mayor of Boston in 2013 and previously held several positions at the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, focused on affordable housing, green building, and neighborhood-scale community organizing efforts.
Gustavo serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Main Streets Foundation, and served as a member of the City of Boston’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. He received an MBA from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his family live in Jamaica Plain.