DIRECTOR OF NEIGHBORHOOD STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT, GRAFFITO SP
Gustavo Quiroga leads the Neighborhood Strategy practice at Graffito SP, 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. A self-described “utility player,” Gustavo touches all aspects of Graffito’s work. He helps spearhead the firm’s neighborhood-scale planning and strategy work, supports clients’ community engagement efforts, produces creative placemaking initiatives, and directs temporary urbanism interventions with small businesses, artists, and community partners. He also leads retail leasing strategy on specific projects.
Prior to joining Graffito in 2014, Gustavo focused on urban economic development, community & political organizing, and launching social enterprises. He helped lead former-City Councilor Mike Ross’ campaign for Mayor of Boston in 2013. As part of the campaign’s senior staff, Gustavo advised on strategy, messaging, and policy. He previously held several positions at the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, managing sustainability retrofits in the CDC’s affordable housing portfolio and leading neighborhood-scale community organizing efforts. Prior to that Gustavo co-founded a start-up, launched an energy workforce training initiative, and worked for a public agency on clean energy issues.
Gustavo serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Main Streets Foundation where he recently organized the Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant effort. He is also a member of the City of Boston’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. Gustavo received an MBA from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife live in Jamaica Plain.