Our team creates multifamily residences that respect and reflect the history and integrity of the existing neighborhood.



The Donatelli Development team has hands-on experience in every aspect of the real estate industry. Each member brings to the group a special talent in his or her field of expertise. When combined, these talents cover the full scope of real estate operations including finance, development, construction and management. The team’s involvement in all aspects of real estate transactions, from land acquisition to financial structuring, provides the knowledge necessary for success in today’s sophisticated real estate market. Their success is a matter of record and has earned Donatelli Development a reputation as a leader in the Washington real estate community.

Louis T. Donatelli

Lou is Founder and Chairman of Donatelli Development (formerly Donatelli & Klein). Mr. Donatelli started his professional career in the stock brokerage and investment banking business. His associations were with the NYSE firms of Harris, Upham & Company starting in 1956 and Hayden, Stone & Company which he joined in 1963 and was Partner during his last three years. In 1969 he formed Donatelli, Rudolph and Schoen, a DC-based stock brokerage firm and in 1973 he formed Donatelli & Klein, Inc. to invest in and develop real estate. His partner, Roger Klein, died in 1982.

Mr. Donatelli serves on the Board and received the President’s Medal from his alma mater, St. John’s College High School. He is an alumnus of Villanova University where for 9 years he served on its Board of Trustees, was a member of the Executive Committee, and received the President’s Medal. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of First Potomac Realty Investment Trust, an affiliate of Donatelli Development.

Mr. Donatelli served on the Board of Directors of The American Gas Index Fund, Inc., Fund for Tax Free Investors, Inc., The Rushmore Fund, Inc., and as a Trustee for Fund for Government Investors. Mr. Donatelli has served on the Boards of Directors of Gonzaga College High School, The United Service Organization (USO), The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. and the Yellow Ribbon Fund. He is a member of The Sovereign Military Order of The Knights of Malta and is affiliated with Associated Catholic Charities, which benefits needy children and families in the Washington area. In 2009 he received the Catholic Business Man of the Year Award, and in 2011 he was honored with the National Italian American Foundation Award.

Lou is a member of Columbia Country Club, Burning Tree Golf Club and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C. He is a member of Jupiter Hills Country Club and Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, Florida where he has a winter residence.

Mr. Donatelli is a lifelong resident of the Washington area having lived in Capitol Hill, Northwest Washington, Bethesda, and Potomac.

Christopher J. Donatelli

Chris is the President and CEO of Donatelli Development and has served in that capacity since 1998. In 2006, Mr. Donatelli was given the Visionary Award from the Washington DC Center for Economic Development, he received the 2009 Economic Development award from the African-American Real Estate Professionals Foundation, and in 2014 he was honored with the DCBIA Development Achievement Award – Private Sector. He is a frequent speaker at ULI, NAHB, and Bisnow conferences.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Donatelli is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School. He earned a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from American University in Washington, DC. He is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Gonzaga College High School, and of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and is a Board Member of the DCBIA. Mr. Donatelli has also opened three restaurants it the District: Lou’s City Bar and Acre 121 in Columbia Heights and Chez Billy in Petworth—a sports bar named for his father, a barbecue and live music restaurant, and a French bistro, respectively.

Mr. Donatelli resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Karen, and their four children: Christopher, Caroline, Claudia and Catherine.

Brian A. Rogers, PE

Brian is a Vice President of Donatelli Development. He has over 35 years of development experience and is a licensed professional engineer. His responsibilities include the procurement of entitlements, and the management of land development, construction, and design of all new development.

Mr. Rogers is a graduate of the Civil Engineering School at the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Stephen T. Harrison

Steve is a Vice President of Donatelli Development. Mr. Harrison has been actively involved in the real estate industry since 1984. He joined Donatelli in 1990 and supervised the management of all multifamily holdings and over 1.3 million square feet of commercial properties. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Harrison was the development manager for over $5 million of tenant improvements for these sites. Mr. Harrison managed the site design, plan approval and permit process for the development of 450 acres of residential real estate. His responsibilities include identifying development opportunities, conducting feasibility studies and undertaking financial analysis.

Mr. Harrison is a native Washingtonian and is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School. He received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Lynchburg College located in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Larry W. Clark

Larry is a Vice President of Donatelli Development. He has worked in real estate for over 20 years, primarily in residential land acquisition and construction. His responsibilities include identifying new development opportunities, forming strategic alliances with development partners and managing the efforts of third-party consultants.

Mr. Clark attended Longwood College and George Mason University and has an Associate Degree in Real Estate.

Edward donatelli

Ted is Development Manager for Donatelli Development. Ted has been involved in the real estate industry since 1994. He was previously employed as a Commercial Manager for First Potomac Management, an affiliate of Donatelli Development. For First Potomac, Ted managed over one million square feet of commercial space for both office and industrial facilities.

Ted attended Regis College and the University of Maryland.

John K. Groth

John is the Marketing Director for Donatelli Development. He has worked in real estate for over 15 years, primarily in apartment and condominium marketing. His responsibilities include corporate and project marketing, branding, advertising, and event planning, as well as managing the leasing and sales teams until the project is stabilized.

Mr. Groth is from the Washington area and attended Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. He is a graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where he received a B.S. degree in Marketing.

Andrew t. Jennings, PE

Andy is a Project Manager for Donatelli Development. He has over 20 years of development experience and is a licensed professional engineer. His responsibilities include cost and scheduling control of projects from conceptual design through Certificate of Occupancy, close out documentation and warranty periods. This involves managing the progress of the contractor and design consultants, as well as coordination of permits, utilities, and municipal agencies.

Mr. Jennings is a graduate of the Civil Engineering School at the University of Virginia and received a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has been registered as a professional engineer in 10 states and has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ryan M. Mason

Ryan is Vice President Finance for Donatelli Development. He is responsible for procuring project financing, cash flow management, financial modeling, as well as corporate finance and investor relations. Prior to joining Donatelli, he was employed at Potomac Capital Advisors, LLC, a Bethesda, MD based private equity fund manager focused on acquiring mutli-family, commercial office and industrial properties in the Mid-Atlantic.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Mason is a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance from Mary Washington College, and received a Masters degree in Real Estate Development from the Carey School of Business at the Johns Hopkins University.