Member, Urban Land Institute, joined 2015

Richard Parnell Habersham is a native of Harlem, and began his career in the arts when at 12 years old he was picked to star in the Roundabout Theater’s 25th Anniversary production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” Having studied theater at the Harlem’s Amas Eubie Blake Children’s Theater with stage legend Rosetta LeNoire, Richard went on to play roles in the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Making his debut on the big screen in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed movie “Do The Right Thing” he went on to play Whoopi Goldberg’s son in the movie “Long Walk Home.” 

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in American History, Richard pursued a career in journalism. From working as the personal assistant to the legendary newsman Peter Jennings at ABC News, to working as a television journalist for ABC affiliates across the southeast, Richard spent years covering stories all over the country. 

Returning to New York to obtain a graduate degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Richard set his sites on real estate. During the following years he worked as a real-estate public policy consultant on several major Manhattan redevelopment projects, including public affairs work for Silverstein in its redevelopment of Ground Zero; Trinity Church’s rezoning effort in Hudson Square; the redevelopment of South Street Seaport; and the Olnick Organization’s re-zoning and redevelopment plan for Lenox Avenue in Harlem.  

Richard is currently a top-producing real estate broker at Warburg Realty. He is also an officer of the Eagles Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing leaders from within the prison population. He lives in a co-op on Riverside Drive. 

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