Benjamin Grinnell


Benjamin joined Blue Heron in 2016 and leads the firm’s development efforts. In addition, he is actively involved in sourcing new opportunities and broadening capital market relationships. Benjamin has over 12 years of real estate investment, finance and development experience at some of the most successful real estate operators across the country. His experience spans mixed-use, residential, retail, and other commercial real estate in high-barrier-to-entry urban markets including San Francisco, Washington DC, and London UK at both large institutional platforms and more entrepreneurial ventures.

Before joining Blue Heron, Benjamin was a managing principal at Hampstead West Holdings (HWH), a boutique real estate investment, development and advisory firm focused on urban-infill redevelopment and value-add opportunities. Prior to HWH, Benjamin worked in acquisitions and development at Sares Regis Group of Northern California where he was responsible for acquisitions, capital relationships, design and entitlements, construction oversight, financing, and project operations for residential, mixed-use and public/private partnership projects.

Benjamin began his career at private equity investor and developer, The JBG Companies in Washington DC (now JBG SMITH), where he focused on the investment in and development of urban-infill, smart-growth and adaptive-re-use of residential and commercial real estate and where he became JBG's first LEED-Accredited Professional.

Benjamin is as an active member of the Urban Land Institute. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MS in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics where he was a Reynolds Fellow.