Henry Crespo, Sr. is the Principal Consultant of The Development Firm, a consulting firm dedicated to creating opportunity for today’s diverse workforce and small and minority businesses. In this position, Henry has assisted public and private developers in meeting local workforce hiring goals and utilize certified small business enterprises.

With over 20 years of experience in the community development industry, Henry led neighborhood planning efforts like the 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative which produced an Urban Planning and Design Study that focused on Economic Development, Land Use, Zoning, Transportation Infrastructure, Environmental Conditions and Mixed-Use Market Feasibility.

He has also managed the development of single, multi-family and senior housing development projects.


A long-time advocate for community progress and urban revitalization, Henry maintains deep ties to his community through his volunteer service. Currently, Henry serves on the Board of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and as President/Founder of Urgent, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to youth and community development. Henry’s former service includes Miami Beach Black Host Committee, Chairman, City of Miami Zoning Board, Vice Chair Overtown Advisory Board, Vice Chair and member of the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, Overtown Neighborhood Assembly, Black Affairs Advisory Board and Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board.

Recognized for his work, Henry received a Certificate of Appreciation from former City of Miami Mayor Alex Penelas, for his service on the Citizens Independent Transportation Trust.

Henry is a member of The Beacon Council and the Associated General Contractors of America, South Florida Chapter.

Henry has completed course work for Creating the New Downtown from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Planning and Zoning for Community Land-Use Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and completed the Development Managers Training Program from Florida International University.