John La Raia
H.G. Fenton Company
John leads H.G. Fenton Company’s corporate political strategy, government relations and community outreach efforts. John started his career focused on development entitlements, then leading the Little Italy and BLVD projects before further utilizing his skills to expand into his current role. His most rewarding moments have been those spent walking through a site before construction, conceptualizing all that it could be, and then watching that site transform from a blank slate into his team’s vision. Likewise, he also enjoys navigating the process and finding new solutions to help H.G. Fenton more effectively and efficiently provide people with quality places to live and work in San Diego County. John has received accolades for his work including the H.G. Fenton Innovate Award in 2016 and the BIA Industry Professional of the Year award in 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of San Diego. His passion for supporting communities extends to his personal life where he and his family are actively engaged in their local church community. John also enjoys open water swimming and snowboarding with his family. His goal is to one day swim the English Channel.