Roy S. Diamond

Roy S. Diamond

Roy has over 25 years of experience as a developer and consultant in residential and commercial projects, with a focus on the conception, financing, construction, implementation, management, and policy of affordable housing. He has served as legal counsel and advisor to developers, community based nonprofits, local governments and their agencies, and financing sources including private foundations.

Before starting D&A in 1990, Roy was principal of Rouse Urban Housing, an affiliate of Rouse & Associates. He grew this affordable and market housing development business to include 35 employees in development, management and construction divisions. Rouse Urban Housing was responsible for the development of approximately $80 million in primarily affordable housing. While there he advised, planned or built suburban and urban housing developments, ranging from permanent housing for homeless families, to large, complex, historic renovations for market-rate occupancy, to newly constructed modular homes for first time buyers. Roy has been personally involved in approximately $600 million of market-rate and subsidized residential and commercial developments.

His career commitment to community revitalization began when he served as a Staff Attorney for Regional Housing Legal Services in Glenside, PA. During this time, he provided legal and development advisory services to community based nonprofit organizations, focusing on North Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

Born and raised in Ardmore, PA, Roy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA with a BA in Philosophy, and was recipient of a Dana Scholarship and Phi Beta Kappa member. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Law, as well as a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Fine Arts in 1979.

Roy serves on the Boards of Regional Housing Legal Services and Autism Living and Working. Roy’s interests include philosophy, Philadelphia sports teams, fine arts, his two dogs, and days on the beach reading a good book. Roy’s son, Jacob, has autism, so he commits his spare time to improving the lives of adults with autism in Pennsylvania.