James Roy II Urban Planner / Community Builder

My mission is cultivate equity in urban environments by putting PEOPLE FIRST and ensuring that JUSTICE IS RESTORED through thoughtful and INCLUSIVE URBAN PLANNING practices.

I am an accomplished social entrepreneur, community-driven professional, public speaker, and creator. I am driven by my passion for urban planning, equity, art, and travel. With a wide range of skills, I put excellence into everything that I do and aim to make an IMPACT.

I bring value with a wide range of skills and energy to accomplish complex tasks through strategic visioning and planning.

Key skills and qualifications

  • Executive Leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Project management
  • Public speaking
  • Communication
  • Relationship building
  • Financial modeling
  • Graphic design
  • Community data research
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Grant writing

Professional Experience

Denver Metro Community Impact

a Trade Name of Park Hill Collective Impact, Inc.

Executive Director | February 2017 - Present

  • Established the brand, incorporated the business, and successfully obtained 501c3 Federal certification
  • Guide the organization’s overall vision, strategy, and agenda
  • Galvanized a community-wide effort to focus on the social determinants of health model to increase equity for children as it relates to housing, health, economics, and academics
  • Mobilize and advance funding through grant writing, strategic partnerships, and building rapport with local and national funders
  • Hire and manage staff, consultants, and contractors to meet milestones and goals
  • Regularly engage the community through public events, meetings, and forums
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community-serving organization and their leadership
  • Administer community-driven mini-grants for organizations that supported the mission of the organization
  • Public speaking and presenting at various events
  • Led and finalized 5 year strategic plan
  • Supervise and manage $600k+ annual budget, spending, and reporting to funders

Urbanity Advisors, LLC

Founder | 2015

  • Formed an urban planning consulting firm that provides real estate development feasibility research, community engagement, and due diligence project management
  • Conducted feasibility analysis and case study reports, detailing the opportunities for funding the development of housing in Denver
  • Managed efforts behind raising money, community engagement, and branding of 303 ArtWay, a themed community pedestrian and bicycle trail planned for Northeast Denver
  • Created presentations utilizing GIS, graphic design, and Google Earth to showcase affordable housing development portfolios along with new and planned projects
  • Created presentations for commercial real estate retail brokers and their clients with community related data to show the strength of opportunities in the Denver Metro Area
  • Hired and managed contractors to assist on projects obtained by the firm

Urban Land Conservancy

Program Manager - Master Site Development | December 2010 - June 2015

  • Co-created and raised $250K for the concept of 303 ArtWay, a themed community pedestrian and bicycle trail planned for Northeast Denver
  • Recognized metropolitan-wide leader of affordable housing data and research, managing inquiries from nonprofit and government entities for highly refined GIS maps and data
  • Managed neighborhood stakeholders, development partners, lenders, architects, contractors, consultants to create master site development plans
  • Managed, led, and presented at community meetings to garner feedback for participatory planning processes
  • Managed and trained contractors and interns to become prepared to assist in the development needed to create a master site development plan and authentic community engagement
  • Coordinated financing, budget, and schedule for real estate dispositions and long term land leases
  • Managed and coordinated real estate due diligence, including city planning compliance, zoning, permitting, and environmental
  • Conducted research and collected data to provide recommendations for real estate development opportunities and affordable housing preservation
  • Managed, composed, and contributed to successful grant submittals
  • Authored, designed, and developed high quality reports with supporting graphics and GIS maps
  • Led the development of an affordable housing tracking web geographical information system (GIS) and website, in partnership with the Denver Office of Economic Development, Enterprise Community Partners, and Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, to be used by housing providers and financiers to preserve Metropolitan Denver’s affordable housing stock
  • Developed a thorough understanding of Colorado housing finance sources, including LIHTC, Federal, and State funding
  • Founding member of the Mile High Connects Research and Evaluation team, heavily contributing to the authoring and development of the Denver Regional Equity Atlas


University of Colorado Denver

  • Master of Urban & Regional Planning, Part-time, Expected completion Fall 2019
  • BA, Urban Studies, Spring 2013


  • Real Estate Broker Associate (Inactive), Colorado, 2017



African Americans Who Make a Difference, Denver Urban Spectrum (2021)
  • African Americans Who Make a Difference, Denver Urban Spectrum (2021)
  • First Place, 2017 NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge - University of Colorado Boulder
  • Graduate, The Denver Foundation, Executive Directors of Color Institute (2018)

In the News

Breest, Katie. “In Pursuit of Equitable Development: James Roy II on Revolutionizing Urban Planning” CU Denver News. June 2021

Engen, Jessica. "20 Things To Do in Real Life and Virtually This Weekend in Denver" 303 Magazine. February 2021

Froyd, Susan. "Art Attack: Twelve Ways to Celebrate First Friday in Denver" Westword. February 2021

Abeyta, Michael. "Legacy Of Redlining Led To Today’s Black And Latino Families Being Pushed Out Of Denver" CBS Denver. February 2021

Asanti, Ta'Shia. "African Americans Who Make a Difference" Denver Urban Spectrum. Page 16. January 2021

Schoales, Van & Roy II, James. "Opinion: 5 ways to end education redlining in Denver" The Colorado Sun. January 2021

On the Same Page - Episode 3. PBS 12 Colorado. June 2020

On the Same Page - Episode 1. PBS 12 Colorado. June 2020

Bryson, Donna. "Denver rents keep rising no matter how much housing we build. Now what?" Denverite. May 2020

"Reader: We Want Something Closer to RiNo for Park Hill's Future" Westword. January 2020

Created By
James Roy II


Created with an image by Geoff - "City Top Down View"