Donald J. Chiofaro founded The Chiofaro Company in 1980. Since its founding, the Company has consistently delivered highly successful and distinctive properties, both in major metropolitan areas and in the suburban marketplace.
The Company's flagship development is International Place, a 1.8 million square foot multi-tenant office and retail complex situated along the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, at the gateway to Boston's historic Financial District and burgeoning Seaport t. International Place stands as Boston's largest office complex and has maintained its position as the city's premier property since opening in 1987. Other projects have included: Westborough Technology Park, a 600,000 square foot suburban office park; Nashoba Corporate Center, a 100-acre Office/R&D center in Westford, Massachusetts. New England Biolabs, a 160,000 square foot laboratory and office facility; and many corporate build-to-suits for companies such as Lucent Technologies, General Electric, Bytex Corporation and Proteon Corporation.
Before starting his own firm, Mr. Chiofaro was Senior Vice President of Boston development company, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, where he directed the National Division. He built 11,454,573 square feet in 16 different states, from large industrial warehouses, wine aging facilities, many defense related projects for defense contracts and other specialized research complexes. Mr. Chiofaro is a native of Belmont, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1968 and from Harvard Business School in 1972.
Don Chiofaro, Jr., has been with The Chiofaro Company since 2001.
Don manages all aspects of the firm’s business. During his tenure with The Chiofaro Company he has been principally involved in permitting, development, financing, and leasing matters on their existing properties and development opportunities. Don has overseen nearly 5 million square feet of commercial and retail lease transactions and over $3.5B in financing. Recently Don has directed most of his efforts toward advancing redevelopment of the Harbor Garage/Pinnacle as well as guiding a multi-year planning and permitting process for the comprehensive $100M renovation of International Place. Whether in conjunction with pursuing a deal or shepherding a development site through the permitting process, Don enjoys aligning multiple experts with varying disciplines to bring a deal to fruition.
Don believes that the most successful real estate projects are ones that create a unique and inspirational place to work, live or visit. Developments should add long-term value to not only its occupants but also to the community it is built within. Don is also passionate about incorporating sustainability into the firm’s existing properties and future developments.
Don earned a Master's degree in Real Estate Development (MSRED) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University. He has affiliations with Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, Wharf District Council, A Better City (ABC) and serves on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Business Improvement District Board. Don has participated in many charitable organizations including Heading Home, RFK Childrens Action Corps and Best Buddies. Don currently resides in Winchester, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
Steve Houle joined The Chiofaro Company in 1997 and has overall responsibility for accounting, financial management, reporting systems and administration. His other duties relate to partnership and mortgage lender relationships and cash management. In his role as the company's Chief Financial Officer, he has represented ownership of International Place and the Harbor Garage in the financings and refinancings of both properties, the acquisition of the Harbor Garage and the recapitalization of International Place. Similarly, he has represented The Chiofaro Company in the acquisition, financing and disposition of suburban office properties.
Prior to joining the Chiofaro Company, Steve was a Vice President in the Portfolio Management Group at AEW Capital Management, L.P. Steve has over 30 years of financial experience in real estate. He began his career with the Big-6 public accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick, focusing on the real estate industry. Steve obtained the Certified Public Accounting designation in 1987. He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1984. Steve resides in Boston.
Mr. Mitchell joined The Chiofaro Company in 1985 as the Director of Tenant Construction for the Company's 1.8 million square foot International Place project. Mr. Mitchell has been in the real estate business for over thirty-five years. He has overall responsibility for the design and construction of all projects at The Chiofaro Company.
During his years at The Chiofaro Company, Mr. Mitchell has played an integral role in the management and execution of a wide variety of projects, both directly and acting in a consulting capacity. These include:
Prior to joining The Chiofaro Company, Mr. Mitchell worked with the Turner Construction Company for eight years in both Philadelphia and Boston, where he had project management responsibilities for many downtown and suburban buildings. Mr. Mitchell resides in Ipswich, Massachusetts with his wife and has two adult children. He is very active in local civic affairs, recently serving on the Ipswich Building Committee, which managed the construction of a new $32 million high/middle school. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Michelle Campagna joined The Chiofaro Company in 2020 as the Director of Property Management for Chiofaro Building Services. She is responsible for the operations and management of International Place and the Boston Harbor Garage. Her responsibilities include property management office oversight and development, tenant relations, vendor relations, financial reporting, contract management, capital project analysis and execution, project management, strategic planning and emergency response planning and execution.
Prior to joining the Company, Michelle was dedicated to the Fidelity Investments account for CBRE Global Workplace Solutions where she managed the facilities for Fidelity’s Boston locations totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet. She began her career with Tishman Speyer Properties in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany and has worked for other reputable commercial real estate firms includ*ing Hines, Equity Office Properties and Taurus Management Services. She has over 20 years of experience in property management.
Michelle is a graduate of Cornell University where she attended the School of Hotel Administration. She is an avid traveler and met her Australian husband while traveling abroad. She currently resides in Essex, Massachusetts with her husband, two children and English bulldog.
Jesicka Labud joined The Chiofaro Company in 2022 as Senior Project Manager. She is responsible for directing the design and construction of Tenant Improvements and Capital Improvements at International Place. She also co-manages the Lobby Renovation team. Jesicka attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and received her 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree. She started her 17-year career in the AEC industry in New York City and Seoul, South Korea as a designer and Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining the team, Jesicka spent almost 3 years embedded in CBRE’s Project Management team in Boston and New York City, working on complex commercial projects including winning the CarGurus PM RFP for 101 Mass Ave/1001 Boylston Street, managing the 150 million dollar, 597K SF renovation of PwC’s NYC headquarters at 300 Madison, and managing 18 global projects for the Macquarie Group in the US, Chile, and Brazil. Jesicka also served the City of New York for almost 4 years as Project Executive and Project Manager in their Real Estate Services Department, which manages a portfolio of 22 million square feet of private space and over 400 leases. While there, Jesicka delivered projects for the NYPD, FDNY, DOT, Courts, Mayor’s Office, and most notably managed the relocation of the NYC Department of City Planning to 120 Broadway, working with Silverstein Properties. Jesicka lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two cats. When she is not working, she is probably mountain biking in the White Mountains or mentoring high school students.