Jonathan Denham

Jonathan Denham Co-President

CONSULTING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT SINCE 1985

Jon is an industry leader in the field of real estate consulting, with over 25 years of experience in planning, design, and construction in New York City. Guided by his complementary background in civil engineering and urban planning, Jon co-founded Denham Wolf with Paul Wolf to provide integrated real estate services to nonprofit organizations as a means towards sustainable and dynamic urban development. By supporting organizations that provide critical services and economic activity, Denham Wolf created a viable platform for real estate that contributes to the vitality of New York City.

As a Co-President of Denham Wolf, Jon has successfully managed a multitude of urban development projects, bringing to bear a deep understanding of the human dynamics involved in every project. His work has included planning and feasibility studies, building and facility assessments, and the design and construction of a diverse range of building projects for educational, healthcare, and cultural organizations. Jon’s work is strengthened by his ability to work with complex development structures, extensive contacts with government and private development entities, and a strong track record with community groups and elected officials. Together, Jon’s experience and holistic vision of real estate planning allows him to effectively lead Denham Wolf’s highly-skilled staff, as well as diversified external teams.

In 2007, Denham Wolf expanded their business practice to include the re-development of the Banknote building, a 400,000 square foot adaptive re-use project that Jon and Paul envisioned as an economic engine and locus of community service in the South Bronx. Other key projects include the development of the Jerome Robbins Theater for the Baryshnikov Arts Center, a permanent home for Poets House in Battery Park City, a new headquarters facility for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, and Scandinavia House, a multifunctional cultural center for the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Before jointly founding Denham Wolf, Jon studied engineering at Princeton University. During this time, he developed an interest in architecture as well, which further drove his interest in the built environment. After college, he worked in consulting engineering, and went on to work at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where his work in public-sector development and urban planning led him to pursue a Master’s degree at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Continuing his work at the EDC, ultimately as Senior Vice President of Capital Program & Planning, he completed a number of major projects including alternative site assessments for Yankee Stadium and for Shea Stadium.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.P.A. with a specialization in public policy analysis, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York, NY
  • B.S. in Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Strategic Facilities Planning Committee Member, Star Island Corporation
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Row New York Board of Directors
  • Princeton Alumni Real Estate Network
Paul Wolf

Paul Wolf Co-President

Real estate development, consulting and brokerage for over 25 years

Paul is an established leader in the field of real estate and nonprofit consulting, with over 25 years of development, brokerage and consulting experience. Paul’s expertise has been shaped by his long history and deep experience in New York City real estate, and is proven by his strong record of successfully realizing complex projects. As an industry leader, Paul’s insights and innovative strategies, together with those of Co-President Jon Denham, drive the mission of Denham Wolf, which is executed by his diverse team of highly proficient project managers. The combined expertise of the Denham Wolf staff, which is drawn from a range of capacities, allows for a thorough and unique approach to the delivery of integrated services, bringing to bear a high level of technical expertise to every project.

As a principal of Denham Wolf, Paul’s projects have included providing guidance and financial expertise for a range of arts, cultural, community development and educational organizations. He has advised nonprofits on major development projects, represented tenants in acquiring and developing property, helped to finance projects through both traditional and less conventional routes, and represented developers and property owners to secure commercial tenants. Working collaboratively with nonprofits to articulate their real estate-related needs and organizational goals, Paul’s vision and analysis positively shapes our clients’ strategic real estate decisions.

Since founding Denham Wolf, Paul has facilitated numerous complex projects which have shaped the cultural and civic fabric of New York. For the Roundabout Theatre Company, he supported the organization in securing and developing the American Airlines Theater on 42nd Street, acquiring Studio 54, and procuring additional office space. In working with New York Road Runners, Paul acted as broker and real estate consultant to secure their 40,000 SF of midtown office space and in planning for their Running Center. With The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, he served as development consultant for a full city block including securing a developer under a 99-year ground lease for new residential development. Paul has also offered his expertise as a Guest Lecturer at Yale School of Drama's Theater Management Program, 2012-2015.

Prior to co-founding Denham Wolf, Paul accrued deep experience in the both business and real estate. At the age of 24, he was the youngest student accepted into Columbia University’s Executive MBA program and by 28 he became the Senior Vice President of Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. At the EDC, he was responsible for leasing a portfolio of more than 11 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, and he frequently functioned as the market expert to support the City's corporate retention efforts.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • Executive M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York, NY
  • B.A. in English, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Paul has been a licensed real estate broker in New York State since 1988
Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis Transactions Manager

Lauren joined Denham Wolf in 2014 with significant experience in the negotiation of real estate transactions for the governmental sector. Within the Transaction Services team, Lauren works closely with the firm’s project managers, principals, and directly with clients to provide a range of essential services including brokerage and strategic planning.

Lauren honed her skills in financial analysis, lease documentation, and team and vendor management while working at DTZ, a UGL Company in Washington, DC. As Associate Transactions Manager, Lauren’s work at DTZ involved the procurement and securing of leases for the General Services Administration of the United States Government. In managing this multi-million dollar national account, Lauren was responsible for transactions totaling 500,000 SF of office and warehouse space.

Lauren’s work for the GSA, combined with a strong interest in the performing arts, led to her desire to join the Denham Wolf team. She works closely with Denham Wolf’s project managers as well as directly with the firm’s clients to close complex real estate deals for a range of nonprofit organizations.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Lauren is a licensed real estate sales salesperson in New York and Virginia.
  • Focus Member, International Center of Photography
  • Young Member's Circle, Museum of the City of New York
  • Member, Barrow Group Young Professionals Committee
Gisela Garrett

Gisela Garrett Director of Marketing & Operations

As the Director of Denham Wolf’s marketing and operations efforts, Gisela is focused on enriching the connections among the firm’s professionals, clients, collaborators, and project beneficiaries while also providing comprehensive management of all human resources operations. Her past experience spans several professional service industries, including architecture and performing arts, and features a connective thread of humanitarian placemaking. In her current role, Gisela is able to blend her skills in brand management, public relations, and internal capacity building with a contagious enthusiasm for creating positive social impact.

Gisela has been volunteering at the intersection of the built environment and community development since childhood. In particular, she is passionate about leveraging human capital to empower disenfranchised communities to achieve their goals. A firm believer in strong organizational values, Gisela also actively advocates a triple bottom line approach to business.

Gisela holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the psychological impacts of built and temporary space. Her writing, which most frequently explores the evolving nature of cities, has been featured in publications such as e-Oculus, YAF’s Connection, and Metropolis Magazine.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.A. in Visual Studies, Specializations in Urban Studies and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Member, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
  • Member, Architecture for Humanity NY
  • Member, IIDANY Impact Committee
Maria Gray

Maria Gray Project Manager

Maria serves as a key liaison between project team members, vendors, the client, and Denham Wolf, ensuring informed decision making by all throughout a project. As a Project Manager within the Project Management Services group, Maria selects and oversees project team members and other vendors required for design and construction projects, including defining scopes of work, administering RFPs, bid leveling, and ongoing monitoring of project costs and schedules.

Maria approaches every client engagement with the goal of understanding the social, economic, and ecological impacts of her projects, frequently seeking to align her work with the principles of LEED and WELL Building standards. A former Project Architect for Gensler, Ennead Architects, and 1100 Architect, her portfolio of work spans various sectors and project scales. Maria has also held adjunct positions with Parsons School of Design and Barnard College. In each of these positions, her curriculum centered on systematically integrating sustainability into the practice of building; her approach has subsequently been adopted by several faculty members for undergraduate and graduate programs alike. Most recently before joining Denham Wolf, Maria founded and led an architecture firm specializing in sustainable building standards and wellness-centered interior design, furnishings and construction.

With over twenty years of professional experience in architecture and higher education, Maria has a deep understanding of design, construction, and management processes, both in the context of the built environment and as they relate to the development and dissemination of knowledge. Maria holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.S., Sustainability Management, Columbia University: The Earth Institute, New York, NY
  • M. Arch. Columbia University, New York, NY
  • B.A. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Andres Gutierrez

Andres Gutierrez Project Associate

Andres joined Denham Wolf in 2015, bringing to the firm a unique skillset driven by a creative approach to design and business development. With an extensive background in architectural and interior design, operations, and project management overseas, Andres works collaboratively with each of Denham Wolf’s Project Managers to provide crucial oversight, outreach, and support to clients. Andres is engaged in a range of activities that bring these efforts into fruition including the preparation of project documentation, financial tracking, and assisting in the selection process of project teams including architects, engineers, contractors, and other related consultants.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Andres worked as an architectural designer at Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos in Colombia, where he designed master planning, landscape, and interior projects for educational institutions. In this role he gained a deep understanding of the design and construction process, an invaluable asset to the firm’s Project Management team.

During his professional practice outside of the U.S., Andres co-founded Oficina de Proyectos Arquitectonicos, a consulting firm that specialized in architectural design for clients within the private sector. He managed contracts, bids, and the output of the design team to ensure that quality standards were achieved. Andres’ knowledge of strategic design leadership has been further honed in his graduate studies at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Design Management program. He continues to be involved in connecting a community of creatives from Europe and South America through educational workshops, monthly events, and lectures.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.P.S. (Master's in Professional Studies) in Design Management, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
  • Certificate in Project Management, Universidad de los Andes Bogotá - Colombia
  • B.A. in Architecture, Universidad de los Andes Bogotá - Colombia
Lisa Brown Hackworth

Lisa Brown Hackworth Office Manager

Lisa is the hub of Denham Wolf’s office. As the key administrative staff member, she seamlessly facilitates the internal workings of our office and orchestrates the critical communications between our staff, clients and the multiplicity of brokers, architects, construction firms, and various real estate professionals related to all of our projects. As Denham Wolf’s first hire, her growth over the last decade mirrors that of the company. She has finely honed organizational, interpersonal and office management skills, and keeps the many moving parts of Denham Wolf moving smoothly forward.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • Lisa was educated at Audrey Cohen College and Royal Business School
  • She is a licensed New York State real estate salesperson and a Notary Public
Ronzard Innocent

Ronzard Innocent Director of Project Management

Ron has been a key member of Denham Wolf’s project management team since 2007. Drawing upon his extensive background in facilities planning, design and construction, Ron brings a sophisticated understanding of all aspects of the project management process to the firm and its clients.

As Director of Project Management, Ron leads the Project Management team’s key initiatives and works closely with Jonathan Denham, Principal of the firm, to pilot new business development efforts, and provide guidance to the firm’s skilled team of Project Managers. His tactical project leadership and commitment to the seamless delivery of quality services will allow him to further advance the firm’s nonprofit expertise.

Ron’s expertise and commitment to community-driven projects is exemplified by his work for the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (BMS), for which he successfully implemented a complex expansion plan that significantly increased the capacity of healthcare services at one of New York’s most dynamic community-based health centers. For his commitment and leadership on the development and construction of BMS’ new state of the arts dental facility project, Ron was formally recognized by BMS.

Ron implemented the same level of management excellence for Planned Parenthood of New York City where the organization opened the Diane L. Max Health Center. This new 14,000 square foot community healthcare center in Long Island City is PPNYC’s first facility in Queens and will be utilized as a prototype for PPNYC’s other health centers around the five boroughs. Ron’s project portfolio also includes The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and The Public Theater.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Ron served as Project Manager for Partners Healthcare at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts. While at BWH he managed a 100,000-square foot master-planning initiative of the hospital’s Pathology Research Department. He worked closely with the Pathology group to implement a plan that addressed the department’s spatial constraints, developed project budgets, and scheduled phasing for the multi-year construction effort and facilities re-organization.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.S. in Real Estate Development, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York, NY
  • B.A. in Graphic Design and Communication, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Ron has additional training in architecture from the Boston Architectural Center
  • Advisory Committee Member, Board of Directors of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Haiti Cultural Exchange (a nonprofit organization that develops, presents, and promotes Haiti’s culture in New York).
Mehonaz Q. Kazi

Mehonaz Q. Kazi Project Manager

With over six years of professional experience in architecture and construction management, Mehonaz joined Denham Wolf’s project management team to enhance New York’s built environment through socially conscious design and real estate development.

In the role of Project Manager, Mehonaz lends her abilities to several key efforts which contribute to successful project delivery. Her typical responsibilities include leading the selection of project team members and other vendors required for design and construction projects; monitoring vendors’ adherence to the client’s goals, government regulations, funding requirements, and other certifications/standards; and acting as a liaison between team members, vendors, the client, and Denham Wolf. Mehonaz not only works closely with members of the Project Management Services group, but the firm’s other service lines as well, applying her expertise for the benefit of several Denham Wolf clients.

In prior professional settings and pro bono engagements, Mehonaz oversaw various grassroots architectural projects alongside local non-profit organizations, schools, government agencies, and community groups, as part of Architecture for Humanity’s New York Chapter. At Sciame Construction, she proved instrumental in the construction of various complex and demanding projects, such as Columbia University Medical Center’s state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. While at Sciame, she also worked with Princeton University on the construction of their 129,000 square foot Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment.

Mehonaz’s work has also led her to Chipakata, Zambia with the 14+ Foundation in their mission to develop and build schools and orphanages for African children in rural communities. Mehonaz contributed to the USA-based charitable organization in their first project: the ground-up construction of Chipakata Children’s Academy. This primary school, which serves seven villages in the community, provides arts-based learning programs to over 200 students on a 240 acre site.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.Architecture, Cooper Union, New York, NY
  • Member, Real Estate Investment Coop
  • Member, American Institute of Architects
Maxwell King

Maxwell King Junior Analyst

As the newest member of the firm’s Transaction Services team, Max brings a sharp data driven approach to every brokerage project that blends financial analytics and real estate consulting. In the role of Junior Analyst, Max supports the team by generating client-specific feasibility studies, developing multifaceted financial models, and conducting research on New York City’s real estate market and nonprofit industry trends.

Max’s professional and academic experiences have provided him with an understanding of real estate finance and how business management relates to the political climate and global financial markets. As an extern at Morgan Stanley, he was exposed to the municipal bond sector of the finance industry. Max holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, Grossman School of Business, where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in finance.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Business Administration, University of Vermont
Ayanna Long

Ayanna Long Manager, Marketing & Communications

Ayanna contributes to a wide range of marketing initiatives by compiling valuable research, producing graphic materials, and supporting media relations and other outreach campaigns.

Ayanna combines a strong academic background in writing with professional experience in communications, and has held numerous internship opportunities that propelled her into the arts and entertainment field. Prior to her arrival at Denham Wolf, Ayanna worked with the Tribeca Film Festival and their sister company, The Tribeca Film Institute. Her involvement with the aforementioned organizations sparked her interest in the nonprofit arts sector, which attracted her to Denham Wolf. Ayanna’s work at Denham Wolf is rooted in her passion for advancing the nonprofit sector’s vision of building vibrant, progressive and sustainable communities.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Journalism, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY
Lucy Mallett

Lucy Mallett Director of Finance

Lucy joined Denham Wolf full-time in 2014, bringing to the firm her expertise in strategic planning, financial analysis, and small business management honed in the nonprofit and performing arts sector. As the firm’s first Director of Finance, Lucy provides comprehensive management of all aspects of Denham Wolf’s accounting and finance. Coming from a nonprofit arts background, Lucy was drawn to Denham Wolf because of the unique opportunity it affords to serve multiple organizations in the arts and the broader nonprofit community.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Lucy was the Director of Finance & Administration for Elevator Repair Service Theater. During her time at Elevator Repair Service, Lucy managed a 25% growth of the budget, and led the board in establishing a board advised artistic reserve. Lucy also serves as a financial consultant for a range of arts nonprofits including Abraham.In.Motion, Armitage Gone! Dance, and Blank Forms.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.A. in Performing Arts Administration, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York, NY
  • B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Dance and Spanish, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Elevator Repair Service Theater
  • Board Member, Center for Performance Research
Neelima Panoli

Neelima Panoli Project Manager, Development Services

Neelima’s expertise spans strategic planning, real estate finance, and architectural design and is drawn from practice in both the United States and overseas. Through her work, Neelima seeks to create opportunities for neighborhood development and greater access to community resources. As a member of the firm’s Development Services group, Neelima bolsters the firm’s growing portfolio of complex real estate development projects. She is engaged in a range of activities which support this work, including assessing project feasibility, site acquisition and pre-development coordination, and administering RFPs on behalf of clients seeking development partners.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Neelima worked at The Weitzman Group, where she provided real estate advisory services to a variety of public and private sector clients. In this capacity, she developed a long-term strategic plan for one of the City’s largest non-profit organizations, in support of their capital expansion plan across the five boroughs. Neelima also evaluated the feasibility of a range of mixed-use developments, and she provided valuation support for the acquisition, redevelopment, and disposition of properties totaling over $1.5 billion in value.

In other prior engagements, Neelima worked with non-profit organizations focused on housing policy research and design, including the Citizens Housing and Planning Council in New York, as well as with planning and architectural firms in India and Europe.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.Arch in Urban Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • B.Arch, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  • Member, Women in Housing and Finance of New York City
  • Member, American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
Christopher D. Turner

Christopher D. Turner Director of Transaction Services

As the Director of Denham Wolf’s Transaction Services practice group, Christopher leads the team in the planning, structuring, and negotiating of real estate transactions for the New York City nonprofit community. With over 15 years of brokerage experience, Christopher has advocated for a diversity of clients in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors and represented these organizations in a wide range of acquisition and disposition projects. His extensive knowledge of the industry strengthens the group’s client engagements, while his many years of organizational design and standards oversight experience ensure the effectiveness of the group’s operations.

Christopher has been involved in more than 8 million square feet of closed transactions and advisory assignments across the United States. Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Christopher primarily provided advisement on the acquisition and disposition of a wide range of investment, leasing, and financing assignments as a Senior Director at Colliers International. Christopher’s extensive transaction-based skillset also led him to work previously with London & Capital (L&C), Cushman & Wakefield, and the British Government. While at L&C, he was responsible for a diverse portfolio of properties, and his work included reinvigorating leasing activities across the portfolio focusing on under-performing buildings to maximize occupancy. As the Associate Director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Corporate Assets Group, Christopher provided consulting services to several organizations whose assets spanned the industrial, office, retail, and residential sectors. His past government experience includes real estate advisory and managerial roles, in both the health and justice sectors.

Christopher is the US Country Chair for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure, and construction. He is a member of REBNY and of ULI, and a perennial mentor to ULI Young Leaders.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, U.K. (MRICS)
  • B.S. in Building Surveying, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, U.K.
  • USA Country Chair, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
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