ESTEAN H. LENYOUN
Partner: Urban Redevelopment
Estean Lenyoun has been a Partner at Sudberry Properties since 2006 and heads up the company’s urban redevelopment efforts. The goal is to develop catalyst projects that are economically successful and also improve the quality of life for the surrounding communities. His long career in urban redevelopment has given him extensive experience working with municipalities and redevelopment agencies, as well as New Market Tax Credits and Community Reinvestment Acts funding. Most recently, Estean has been involved with the development of Breakwater Town Center, a 45,000-square-foot retail center that is a public/private partnership with the City of Imperial Beach. Completed in 2017, the center has been called “an important chapter in the redevelopment of Imperial Beach” by Mayor Serge Dedina. Lenyoun is concurrently the president/CEO of Impact Urban America, Inc. (IUA), a entrepreneurial, belief-based socially responsible public benefit corporation he founded with athlete and activist Rosey Grier. IUA has been lauded as a national model for social entrepreneurship that improves housing, life and job readiness, leadership and mentoring in Inner Cities. The work of IUA has been recognized with a Point of Light Award from President George W. Bush. Previously, Lenyoun was the General Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer for Rosey Grier’s American Neighborhood Enterprises. His responsibilities included managing urban social entrepreneurial real estate developments and self-sufficiency programs that instilled hope and dignity in those living in the margins of society. Lenyoun was profiled in The Entrepreneur's Creed: The Principles and Passions of 20 Successful Entrepreneurs. He has served on the Board of Directors for Ken Blanchard’s Center for Faithwalk Leadership, Rosey Grier’s Giant Step Senior Housing, Pangea Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank Community, Maranatha Chapel, Maranatha Schools and the Urban Land Institute.