Bio

JHH was raised in Virginia, Sweden, and New York, the son of Jerome “Brud” Holland,
a college president, U.S. Ambassador, and director on corporate boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JHH, with Dad, after leading his team to victory at Schoellkopf
Stadium, Ithaca, NY

 

JHH, right, with family Stockholm, during his father’s tenure

as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden


 

 

 

 

 

JHH was a scholar-athlete at Cornell University, achieving his bachelor’s and master’s

degrees as well as All-American and Academic All-American distinction before earning
his law degree from Harvard.

 

JHH served as a member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees before being elected an Emeritus
Trustee.

JHH practiced law in Harlem and was instrumental in establishing there an American
Express Travel Office, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor, a Body Shop retail store,
LaFamille and Uptown Grand restaurants, and Harkhomes, a homeless shelter whose
residents found work in these businesses. JHH led the development team for The Lenox,
the first large, market-rate, mixed-use condominium building in Harlem and for 5th on the
Park, another mixed-use condominium project of 160 units including one of the largest
sanctuaries in Manhattan. He also served as Vice-President of the Harlem Business
Alliance and co-founded the Beth Hark Crisis Center.

JHH, with American Express official Roger Ballou, at the grand opening of the AMEX
office at the Harlem Travel Bureau

JHH’s writing has involved several genres. His memoir, From Harlem With Love: An Ivy
Leaguer’s Inner-City Odyssey was published by Lantern Books and received favorable
reviews. His first play, Cast Me Down, garnered six AUDELCO nominations and
enjoyed a nation-wide tour before running Off-Broadway. His second play, Homegrown,
experienced two extended runs at Harlem’s landmark National Black Theatre. His
screenwriting – though yet unproduced – has also garnered attention: his biopic, Booker
T, was optioned by a Hollywood management company; his TV dramatic series, Harlem
Law, was optioned by a Hollywood production company; and his buddy dramedy,
Undercover Grace, won the 2005 Christian Screenwriting Award co-sponsored by Fox
Entertainment.

JHH at a book signing for From Harlem With Love

JHH served as New York State Housing Commissioner where he managed over 1,500
employees and orchestrated the planning and funding of hundreds of units of affordable
housing in various locations across New York State. He was a candidate for NYS
Attorney General in 1994 and served as Co-chair of Gov. Pataki’s campaign that same
year. He was a member of the board of directors of the New York City Municipal
Assistance Corporation and of the Empire State Development Corporation.

JHH, with Gov. Pataki, who appointed him NYS Housing Commissioner

JHH has received awards and honors for both his business and social service

accomplishments. In 1993 President Bill Clinton recognized him in a White House
ceremony for his community-building initiatives. In 1992 the United States Small
Business Administration named him Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year for
New York State. In 1991 he was honored with a Presidential Volunteer Action Award
and with New York City’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. JHH was recognized by the
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce with its 2006 Community Service Award. He also
received an honorary degree from the City University of New York Law School.

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