Alvin J. Nichols, Principal

Alvin Nichols has an extraordinary blend of public – private real estate development experience. Prior to forming NICHOLS Creative Development, Alvin served 14 years in multiple management capacities at Fannie Mae. His diverse roles included Director of Corporate Real Estate, where he led the lease and purchase acquisition of 785,000 SF of existing office space and over one million SF of development rights; and Director of the Washington Partnership Office, where he was tapped as the corporation’s “Loaned Executive to Howard University”, leading Fannie Mae’s efforts in the groundbreaking LeDroit Park Revitalization investment partnership with Howard University.

Before joining Fannie Mae, Alvin’s career included four years as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Business Development for former Prince George’s County Maryland Executive Paris Glendenning, where he directed the planning and execution of the County’s Inner Beltway Urban Revitalization Strategy. Alvin expansive career also includes six years as Vice President for Management Operations for Horning Brothers, one of the Washington DC area’s oldest and most respected real estate development firms; and six years as City Manager and Director of Community Development for the City of Takoma Park Maryland, where he led that City’s celebrated revitalization renaissance.

In addition to his real estate practice, Alvin serves as an appointee of Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Port Commission, where he has oversight responsibility for the Port of Baltimore.  Alvin is also a member of American University’s “Kogod School of Business Real Estate Council”, the principal advisory board for the Real Estate Program in the Kogod School of Business; as well as a Board Member of the George Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the International Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. Previously, Alvin served on the Boards of Victory Housing, the Levine School of Music, the Higher Achievement Program, the Maryland Transportation Authority, the Sidwell Friends School, and the Lowell School.

Alvin holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, from American University, in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Studies, from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.