Josef Rettman

“There’s no better ethical footprint than to work tirelessly for quality affordable housing. Working closely with our clients, we are dedicated to transforming communities by creating high-quality real estate developments. We strive to deliver outstanding value to our clients and partners on each and every project.”

Construction is in Josef’s blood. As the grandson of a City of Boston road and sidewalk contractor and the son of a general contractor, Josef’s path to construction success was quite literally set in stone from an early age. In 2003, Josef joined NEI General Contracting.

As President, Josef leads NEI with commanding industry knowledge and exceptional attention to detail. For over 30 years, he has been committed to consistent and unparalleled client satisfaction. A devoted supporter of his community, Josef’s involvement with many local charities and organizations speaks to his goal of not only providing a useful and revitalized building but a restored community presence as well. His extensive involvement includes serving on the boards of Metro Housing, where he contributes to initiatives aimed at preventing evictions by ensuring financial support and services for those most in need, helping them find employment and other assistance to avoid homelessness.

Additionally, Josef is engaged with The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a community development organization focused on affordable housing, economic development, and community engagement.

His commitment extends to the Catholic School Foundation, where he actively supports the advancement of Catholic schools and education for all families who wish to send their children to Catholic school. Josef is also a valuable member of JALSA (Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action), actively working at the intersection of Jewish values and social activism. Furthermore, he serves on the board of the Affordable Housing Services Collaborative, contributing to innovative solutions addressing challenges associated with affordable housing.

Josef’s dedication to community service also includes his involvement with Young Warriors, in this role, he supports and mentors young men, guiding them through life’s complexities and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential.

He has also been pivotal in consistently securing NEI’s place among the Boston Business Journal’s Top Charitable Companies every year. This recognition highlights the impact of Josef’s philanthropic efforts, showcasing his commitment to improving the community through ongoing charitable initiatives.

In addition, Josef is active in the Workforce Opportunity Resource Center (WORC²). Developed by NEI in conjunction with various partners, WORC² is designed to engage local, community‐based, and diverse businesses and workers. One particular focus will be providing workers and small businesses with “one-stop shopping” for resources and technical support to promote growth and success in either their careers or businesses.

Josef holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University.

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