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Richard Fleming

Chairman & CEO, Community Development Ventures, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Success-driven, action-oriented leader and “civic innovation broker” with superb strategic thinking and planning skills, who builds collaborative relationships and makes genuine connections with people. Proficient at problem-solving and navigating through obstacles and pursuing opportunities to achieve results.


Dick Fleming is a city & regional planner, community & economic developer, public/private partnership executive, and “civic entrepreneur” who has served in private nonprofit, for profit, and public sector roles at the local, regional, and national level in St. Louis, Denver, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Baltimore.


Prior to assuming his current position as Chairman and CEO of Community
Development Ventures, Inc. in 2012, Fleming led city and regional revitalization/regeneration efforts in St. Louis as President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association; in Denver as President & CEO of the Metro Denver Chamber and the Greater Denver Corporation, Inc., as Founding President & CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., and CEO of Denver Civic Ventures, Inc.; and in Atlanta as Vice President /Deputy Director of Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.

In the public sector, he served at the federal sub-cabinet level at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), where he oversaw the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) Program, and the Neighborhood Self Help Development Program. He also served as a member of the Carter/Mondale Policy Planning Team and on the Presidential Transition Team for the Carter Presidential Transition Cabinet Talent Search.

His private sector experience includes serving as a Development Director with The Rouse Company in Columbia, MD, working on both the Columbia New Town Development and on the early phases of the Faneuil Hall Market in Boston. As Director of Phipps Land Company, Inc. (a subsidiary of Bessemer Securities), he led the master planning effort for the 15,000-acre Peachtree City New Town in Atlanta.

Since 2012, Fleming has been Chairman and CEO of Community Development Ventures, Inc., a 30+ year old professional services consulting firm in public/private partnership development, community & economic development, entrepreneurship, resource & organizational development, housing, clean economy initiatives, arts & culture, public/private financing, and urban education/charter schools.

For the past 8 years, Fleming also has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of a national economic development and environmental nonprofit organization, Clean Economy Solutions, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and other foundations.

Other national civic leadership positions have included serving as Board Chairman of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship; Board Chairman of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; and Board Chairman of the International Downtown Association.

Fleming currently serves as Founding Board Member & Vice Chairman of Citiscope Magazine, the online urban policy publication established by former Washington Post national columnist Neal Peirce and funded by the Ford, Rockefeller, Kresge and MacArthur Foundations.

He also is an Advisory Board Member for the 5-year Bass Foundation-funded “Innovation District and Placemaking Project” for the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces, Inc.