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J. Ronald Terwilliger

J.  Ronald TerwilligerJ. Ronald Terwilliger

Chairman of the Board,
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Vice Chairman
Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
Chairman Emeritus
Trammell Crow Residential


New York, NY J. Ronald “Ron” Terwilliger is chairman of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees and vice chairman of the Enterprise Community Investment Board of Directors. Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. Since 1982, Enterprise has raised and invested more nearly $14 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve 300,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes.

Ron is also chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential, which he joined in 1979. Trammell Crow Residential is a national residential real estate company and was the largest developer of multifamily housing in the United States during Ron’s tenure as CEO. He is past chairman of the Urban Land Institute and remains a trustee. Additionally, he is chairman emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center, past chairman of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, and chairman of the board of directors for the I Have a Dream Foundation. Ron is the immediate past chairman of the international board of directors of Habitat for Humanity, is an ex-officio member of the board and chairs Habitat’s $4 billion Global Capital Campaign.

An honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Ron served five years in the Navy. He received his M.B.A. degree with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, where he was elected a Baker Scholar. Ron is a past chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Leadership Board.

Philanthropically, Ron made a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing in 2007 and a $5 million gift to Enterprise to create the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund, which is expected to create 2,000 affordable homes annually. His $100 million legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity International will help 60,000 families access improved housing conditions.

Ron has been recognized with the ULI Atlanta Community Achievement Award and the ORT Award, bestowed for his support and efforts to improve the world through his good deeds. He received the Hearthstone Builder Humanity Award in 2006 for his commitment to housing-related charities, and in 2008 was elected to the National Association of Home Builders Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts to advance housing opportunities for all Americans.

In 2009, Ron was honored by the National Housing Conference with the Person of the Year Award for his commitment and contributions to the affordable housing community. In addition, he has been honored by the United States Naval Academy with a 2009 Distinguished Graduate Award for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron was honored with the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism.

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