George Sowa, Founding CEO
George Sowa, whose family history in Trenton dates back over 100 years, brings a successful nearly 40-year career in real estate development, finance, and management to his role as founding CEO of Greater Trenton.
For 18 years prior to joining Greater Trenton, Mr. Sowa was with Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the nation’s largest publicly traded, full-service, real estate companies. Most recently, he served as Brandywine’s executive vice president and senior managing director and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s New Jersey and Delaware operations and development.
Sowa has substantial experience in urban development including leading Brandywine’s selection by Campbell Soup Company to be the developer of the Camden Gateway District — a transformative 1.5 million square foot, mixed-use project for that city. As a result, Mr. Sowa played a key role in Subaru’s selection of Camden as the site for its $118 million North American headquarters. Mr. Sowa has also developed over $105 million in two separate, mixed-use projects in New Brunswick, NJ.
Prior to joining Brandywine, Mr. Sowa was director of development for Keating Development Company and was also director of development and operations for Linpro/LCOR. He has served as Vice Chairman of the National Board and Executive Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), and is a past President of NAIOP’s New Jersey chapter. He is also the past Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. Mr. Sowa currently serves as a Trustee of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation (“CCRC”). The CCRC is a state agency, in but not of, the Department of Treasury. Created by statute in 1988, CCRC is charged with facilitating redevelopment in the Capital District of the City of Trenton.
A native to Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Sowa holds a B.S. Degree from Cornell University.