Emilio possesses three decades of community development experience, strategic partnerships, and innovative thinking on structural change and strengthening neighborhoods in New York and Boston.
In his role as CEO of Urban Edge in Boston, he leads efforts on affordable housing development, economic justice through financial counseling, family wealth building, and anti-displacement through foreclosure prevention counseling. He oversees neighborhood improvements through community engagement as the agency constructs affordable housing. Urban Edge, founded in 1974, maintains a portfolio of more than 1,400 affordable rental homes. It provides support services for families living in those homes, and offers homeownership promotion and preservation programs. Urban Edge is located in Jackson Square, where Boston’s Latin Quarter meets its historically Black neighborhood.
Emilio is spearheading Urban Edge’s new strategic plan. From there, Urban Edge will maximize its contribution to affordable housing, deepen its commitment to wealth-building, empower vulnerable populations, serve as a trusted voice for community leadership, and embed racial equity into its organizational practices. Phase 1 of the strategic plan focuses on family wealth building. Urban Edge is forging new partnerships and making investments in closing the racial wealth gap over the next several years, resulting in 500+ families increasing their wealth by $20M+.
He also created and implemented Urban Edge’s emergency COVID-19 pandemic response. The Roxbury/JP Family Resiliency Fund provides more than $500,000 in cash, basic needs, internet connectivity, utility, and rental assistance to families disproportionately impacted by the crisis.
Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, Emilio has worked with the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Mayor of Washington, DC, and the Rhode Island Foundation. He holds a JD from the University of Iowa’s College of Law.