Arnold B. Chace Jr.
Arnold B. Chace, Jr. has 33 years’ experience as an investor, financial advisor, urban planner, and real estate developer. He is the Managing General Partner of Cornish Associates, Westminster Street Lofts, and Mashpee Commons, L.P.
Buff is currently a board member emeritus of Grow Smart RI and Trinity Reparatory Theater, an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the Providence Foundation, and an inaugural member of the Congress for New Urbanism.
Buff and his wife Johnnie moved back to Providence in 1985.
Johnnie C. Chace
Joining the Cornish team in 2004, Johnnie focuses mostly on interior space planning and design. As an enthusiastic member of the Providence community, and having served on several non-profit boards, she is currently a member of the Urban Agricultural Task Force, on the boards of both the South Side Community Land Trust and Save the Bay, and is an inaugural member of the Greater Kennedy Plaza / Downtown Parks Conservancy Board.
Douglas S. Storrs
Douglas enjoys building new town centers (Mashpee) and renovating historic town centers (Providence) and has been doing so with Cornish since it was founded in the mid 1980”s. He focuses on the planning, architectural design and construction of the team’s projects.
Douglas serves on the Executive Committee of the Cape Cod Business Roundtable is a member of the Brown University Community Working Committee and is an inaugural member of the Congress for New Urbanism.
Steve is excited to be living, working and playing in the Downcity neighborhood. An architect, Steve founded Durkee Brown Architects before joining Cornish Associates in 2010 to help with the mission to make Providence one of the great urban places in America. When he’s not enjoying life in downcity, he’s chairing the Providence City Plan Commission and helping grow transit in RI as a board member of the RI Public Transit Authority.
Joan uses her over 30 years of commercial real estate finance experience to do financial feasibility analyses for all Cornish projects and to secure financing for them. Prior to Cornish she worked for a major commercial bank as both a lender and the manager of its northeast commercial real estate department. She also worked for a national real estate consulting firm and a national multi-family developer doing in-depth market research to determine the economic viability of a wide variety of real estate projects.
Joan serves on the board of Family Service of Rhode Island. She is a former Commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation and a former board member of the Odeum, a non-profit performing arts theater in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Kimberly, a CPA from Chicago, joined Cornish in 2005 as the controller. She oversees the accounting, financial reporting and cash management of Cornish and all of its Downcity Providence properties. Often behind the scenes, Kimberly has been a constant cheerleader for the revitalization of Downcity.
Since 2007 Joanna has been with Cornish Associates as the director of retail leasing and marketing. Working with retailers and restaurateurs, Joanna is responsible for tenanting Cornish’s commercial properties in Downcity Providence, as well as directing the co-operative neighborhood marketing group InDowncity. As part of promoting activity in the Downcity neighborhood, Joanna organizes large-scale festivals, such as the Providence Art Festival, and helps organize the weekly outdoor movie series Movies on the Block.
Lorien Balayan joined Cornish Associates in 2008, and is the assistant to Arnold B. Chace, office manager and Assistant Director of Marketing. As Assistant Director of Marketing, Lorien maintains InDowncity.com, an official guide of Downcity Providence. Lorien graduated Johnson & Wales in 2009 with B.A in Marketing Communications.
A native of Cape Cod, Jef has made his home in urban centers his enitre adult life, Boston, New York, and for the last 10 years Providence. Jef co-founded and publishes the award-winning website, Greater City Providence. He is also a board member of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (Greater Kennedy Plaza) and a member of Mayor Angel Taveras’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.