Northstar Promotes John Townsend to Associate Principal

John Townsend

Cambridge, MANorthstar, a real estate services firm providing project management, development management and advisory services, announced that John Townsend has been promoted to associate principal.

John joined Northstar in 2014 and has over 20 years of senior level project management experience on a variety of capital, tenant improvement, and development projects. His expertise spans all phases of the development process, including project definition, master planning, permitting, design, and construction administration. John’s life sciences portfolio includes recent projects for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Baxalta, and Genzyme/Sanofi.

“John has done a phenomenal job securing and servicing life sciences and pharmaceutical clients. In fact, we are currently managing a 900,000 SF pharma project at Cambridge Crossing in large part thanks to John’s leadership,” said Tom Fanning, president of Northstar.  “John is the first shareholder promoted from within the firm. He is being recognized because he has demonstrated the right combination of skills and expertise – both tactical and strategic – to lead Northstar moving forward.”

Prior to joining Northstar, John held roles as 0perations manager for SALLC development and senior project manager at both Trammell Crow Company and Phoenix Corporate Services. He is a member of CoreNet Global New England.

John earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Catholic University of America as well as post graduate studies in Construction Management from Northeastern University.