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Meet our Summit keynote: Kofi Bonner, CEO of Detroit VC firm Bedrock

September 02,2021 | By Bedrock and Greater Portland Inc
Kofi Bonner is the Chief Executive Officer at Bedrock, where he leads the full-service real estate company’s efforts to build thriving urban centers through transformational development, community partnerships and a commitment to support local small businesses.

Kofi will be the keynote speaker at our Greater Portland Economic Summit, held virtually and in-person Sept. 30. Get your tickets here.

Since its founding, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, including some of the most significant new developments that Detroit and Cleveland have seen in decades. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 18 million square feet of office, retail and residential space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.

Kofi has extensive experience in leading complex development projects in metropolitan areas. 

In his position as Co-Chief Operating Officer at Irvine, Calif-based FivePoint Holdings (NYSE: FPH), Bonner led the entitlement and development of the San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Communities, as well as the communities managed on behalf of Lennar Corporation: Treasure Island and the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

Prior to joining Bedrock, Kofi most recently focused on real estate development and technology ventures through his Bonner Enterprises, where he embarked on real estate ventures in the San Francisco area and Ghana, and invested in fintech companies BC Pay and Techgulf, which sources technology operations and services to West Africa.

He additionally spent seven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Cleveland Browns, where he was the first African American to hold such a title within the NFL. 

Kofi began his career in the public sector in California, serving in a number of roles including the Affordable Housing Developer for Oakland Community Housing Inc., the Redevelopment Director for the City of Emeryville, Calif., Director of Community & Economic Development and later Interim City Manager for The City of Oakland, and Chief Economic Advisor to Willie Brown, then Mayor of San Francisco.

Originally from Ghana, Kofi moved to the United States to attend the University of California Berkley, where he earned his Master of City Planning and Master of Architecture. He resides in the metro Detroit area with his wife Gladys.

Kofi will be the keynote speaker at our Greater Portland Economic Summit, held virtually and in-person Sept. 30. Learn more and get your tickets here.

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