About

Elinor Bacon has more than 40 years experience in housing, real estate development and community revitalization in both the public and private sectors.

E.R. Bacon Development, LLC
Bacon established DC-based E.R. Bacon Development in 2002. The firm’s focus is on urban infill; mixed-use, mixed-income community development; affordable housing; and adaptive reuse of buildings and their surrounding land.
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Our Mission

The mission of E.R. Bacon Development is to revitalize communities and develop real estate projects that:

  • cherish history
  • honor neighborhoods
  • engage communities
  • animate and enliven
  • welcome the richness of partnerships
  • embrace diversity
  • construct green/operate green/live green
  • create beauty
  • build on community assets
  • value culture
  • assume permanence and a place in history
  • develop both human capital and physical assets

2002 - Today

A New Waterfront
The Wharf is the realization of a dream Bacon had more than 35 years ago and the culmination of her life’s work.  In 1980, when Bacon worked at The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at 7th and D Streets SW, as an entry level civil servant, she went to restaurants at the Southwest Waterfront with her colleagues for special celebrations.  Bacon was always amazed by how undeveloped the waterfront was and the huge potential that it offered.   Now, 37 years later, with the opening of The Wharf Phase 1 in 2017, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, led by Monty Hoffman, PN Hoffman, has created a community beyond conceivable expectations, which incorporates all the fundamental principles that have driven Bacon's work for the past 40 years.  She is honored and privileged to be a partner in this extraordinary development.

2001

National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC)
In 2001, as the first President and CEO, Elinor Bacon launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), a public real estate development corporation established by the Washington DC Council, with Federal support and the mission to spur economic development throughout the District, primarily in neighborhoods of need. Today this effort lives on at AnacostiaWaterfront.org
Southwest Waterfront Redevelopment Plan
During her tenure, NCRC contributed funding to the DC Office of Planning to prepare the SW Redevelopment Plan, as part of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative created by DC Mayor Anthony  Williams, with Andrew Altman, Director of the DC Office of Planning.
Redevelopment Land
Agency
Also during her tenure NCRC assumed control of the RLA land assets remaining from Urban Renewal, including the Southwest Waterfront. NCRC then managed the RLA land redevelopment process, from developer selection to completion.

1997 - 2000

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
During the last four years of the Clinton Administration, Bacon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public Housing Investments, which included HOPE VI and Capital Programs, under HUD Secretary, Andrew Cuomo.

1985 - 1997

Bacon & Company
Before joining HUD, Bacon had a private real estate development and consulting firm for 12 years in Baltimore, MD, Bacon & Company. Earlier, she worked in the public sector in housing and community development, on the City and Federal levels of government, and for The Johns Hopkins Hospital as Community Development Director.

1970 - 1985

Public/Non-Profit Sector
Bacon volunteered as a scheduler for Parren J. Mitchell, a Morgan State University Professor, in his 1970 congressional campaign when he was elected as the first African American Congressman from Maryland. She then served as Mitchell’s Legislative Assistant for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, now represented by the Honorable Elijah Cummings. In 1976 she was hired by the Baltimore Housing Department as a Rehabilitation Estimator and ultimately served as Rehabilitation Director. She then worked in HUD's national office in DC and, from 1982-85, served as Community Development Director for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Education
Bacon has a Master of Arts Degree in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The New School for Social Research, New York City.
Associations
She is a member of The Urban Land Institute, The Congress for the New Urbanism and the District of Columbia Building Industry Association. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Colvin Institute, University of Maryland Graduate Real Estate Program, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC, and the Montpelier VT Economic Development Corporation.
Bacon co-chaired a Task Force for the Reauthorization of HOPE VI, established at the request of former Senator Barbara Mikulski, MD, and served on the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, the Development Industry Advisory Council to the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and the DC Mayor/Council Workforce Intermediary Task Force.
Awards
2017 Glenn Brown Award DCAIA & Washington Architecture Foundation
2017 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Real Estate Award University of Maryland
2004 Seaside Prize for her work in HOPE VI