Center for Real Estate

Advisory Board

An advisory board consisting of prominent real estate professionals who have demonstrated their deep commitment to the Center by their contributions of time and financial support guides the Center's activities. Membership of the board strives to be as representative as possible of the many disciplines and specializations within the industry. This diversity and board access is prized by our students.

Advisory Board Chair

Kali Bader HeadshotKali Bader - Rembold Properties

Kali is a Vice President with Rembold Properties and her primary responsibilities are in acquisitions, financing and development management. She acts as the project manager for development opportunities and assists in the oversight of the company. Prior to joining Rembold, Kali worked for the National Office Partners Fund at Hines Interests. She also previously worked with a real estate office development firm, Chamberlin Associates and worked as a manufacturing consultant for Deloitte Consulting.

Kali is an adjunct Professor at Portland State University and is both a member and the Chair of the Real Estate Advisory Board at Portland State University's Center for Real Estate. She is a member of the ULI Product Council for the Portland region and is co-chairing the local Women's Leadership Initiative. Kali was the Co-Treasurer for Ridgewood Elementary PTC and has served in a variety of board roles at Fruit and Flower Childcare. She has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington.

Advisory Board Members

Lisa Abuaf - Prosper Portland

Lisa Abuaf is the Director of Development & Investment at Prosper Portland, formerly the Portland Development Commission, the City of Portland’s economic development agency. For the past 15 years, Lisa has managed Prosper Portland's public-private partnerships to help translate Portland’s comprehensive and community action plans into reality using the tools of tax increment financing and development. Lisa manages a team of staff promoting equitable development, employment district growth, shared wealth creation, and urban innovation through financial investments, asset management, and property transactions. Core functions of the team include community-centered development strategies; public-private development projects; loan and grant programs; public infrastructure investments; property leasing and management; and community engagement. During her tenure at Prosper Portland,

Lisa has managed a team delivering on projects and initiatives in Old Town/Chinatown, East Portland, the Central Eastside and South Waterfront, North/Northeast Portland, and Broadway Corridor.

Chad Averill - Moss Adams

Chad is the leader of the Construction, Hospitality, Real Estate, and Professional Services Practice for the Oregon region. He has three years of accounting experience in private industry and 18 years of experience in public accounting, primarily in the auditing sector.

Chad has experience in performing audits for private and publicly held companies in the professional services, real estate, and construction industries. Services Chad provides to clients include financial statement audits, preparation of accounting policies and procedures manuals, systems control, and operations risk evaluations with recommendations for system improvements, business planning, and feasibility analysis.

Jeremy Bader - Lane Powell PC

Krista Bailey - Urban Renaissance Group

As Director of Project Management, Krista Bailey is responsible for the team effort to successfully execute new developments, re-development projects, major capital improvements and tenant improvements within the Portland portfolio of managed and owned assets. Further responsibilities include developing & implementing strategic direction for the Portland office through strategic client relationships, employee mentoring & overseeing the delivery of financial results through projects.

Prior to joining URG, Bailey was Vice President of Project Management for CRESA, providing strategic planning and execution of large scale real estate projects for corporate users. She was also Development Manager with Shorenstein, overseeing ground-up development of Class A office buildings and acting as the liaison and project manager of multiple first-generation tenant improvements.

John Bushnell - Fidelity National Title

With 25 years in serving commercial clients in title and escrow services, John Bushnell is responsible for client service for commercial brokers, developers, attorneys, lenders, and investors. He is a member of NAIOP, the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

Originally from Indiana, he studied finance at the University of Oregon. His community involvement includes St. Mary’s Home for Boys and the Portland State University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board. He is also a member of the University Club of Portland and Portland Golf Club. Prior to working with commercial clients, he was in sales for pharmaceutical companies. In addition to cooking and golf, he enjoys spending time with his daughter.

Graham Chernoff - Cumberland Holdings, LLC

Graham Chernoff services as President and is responsible for acquisition, asset management, and investor relations functions for Cumberland Holdings.  He has over 20 years of experience in the acquisition and financing of all types of income-producing real estate.  Prior to forming Cumberland Holdings, Graham previously held acquisition and management positions at Invesco Real Estate, Acacia Capital Corporation, and the Matteson Companies.  His acquisition and asset management background includes $750 million in value-add multifamily investments on the behalf of several private and institutional investors including BlackRock, CALSTERS, Principal Global, and ING.  Prior to his acquisition experience, Graham spent 5 years in the commercial real estate finance sector working for institutional lenders such as Bank of America and Nomura Securities. His finance experience includes originating and underwriting: construction loans, bridge loans, CMBS loans, Fannie Mae DUS loans, mezzanine, and preferred equity investments.

Graham received of Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.  He is a past Board Member of both Belden Real Estate Club and Rebuilding Together San Francisco, an advisor to Junior Achievement, and a guest lecturer at the Portland State University Masters in Real Estate Program. Graham is a native of Portland, Oregon and currently resides in San Francisco, CA. 

Casey Davidson - HFF 

Casey Davidson is a Managing Director in the Portland office of HFF with 23 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  He is primarily responsible for originating debt and structured finance transactions throughout the Pacific Northwest and focuses on multi-housing, retail, office and industrial properties. Capital sources include the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), agencies such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, insurance companies, pension funds and banks.  Mr. Davidson joined the firm in February 1999. 

Prior to HFF, he spent five years as an Office Sales and Leasing Broker with CB Richard Ellis.

Jamie Gaylord - Affinity Property Management

Jamie has been in the commercial real estate business for over 14 years, first starting as a commercial appraiser for Palmer, Groth and Pietka in Portland, OR. His career path turned towards commercial real estate lending as a loan and bank officer for M&T Real Estate, Inc. a subsidiary of M&T Bank based in New York.

In 2002, Mr. Gaylord began his career as an apartment broker with Tilbury, Ferguson and Neuburg, Inc., specializing in multifamily sales ranging from 40 to 300 units where he closed in excess of $200,000,000 in transactions. Mr. Gaylord holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Portland State University and is a licensed Principal Broker in the State of Oregon.

Jason Green - CBRE

Jason Green is Managing Director for Oregon and SW Washington, where he leads 160 professionals who deliver leasing, asset services, facility management, project management, and portfolio real estate services in the region. A 21-year commercial real estate veteran who has been with CBRE since 2004, Jason is an established expert in the Portland market. He is well known in the local business community and is an active participant in civic and community activities.

Jason began his career with Grubb & Ellis in 1995 after graduating from UCLA, followed by four years at Savills Studley before joining CBRE. During his 10-year stint as a top broker in the CBRE Portland office, Jason was involved in the sale or lease of over 3.4 million square feet of office space. With a proven track record of success, active leadership experience in the business community, and a focus on client-centric solutions, Jason is a respected leader at CBRE and in the local market.

Alex Joyce - Cascadia Partners LLC

Alex has over a decade of experience managing complex strategic plans, urban designs and development finance projects across the United States. This includes managing public-private development offerings, urban designs for corridors and transit stations, and financial analysis of zoning standards and development incentive programs. Alex's most recent work includes leading development feasibility analysis, site planning and due diligence for several public agencies interested in catalytic, public-private partnership development projects.

Alex's passion and expertise in design and finance are the driving forces in his work. His approach is rooted in the philosophy that a successful project needs both the vision to inspire excitement and buy-in, but also the pragmatic, financial strategy to actually get built.

Alex has Master's Degrees in both Urban Planning and Design, and Commercial Real Estate Development. He is AICP certified by the American Planning Association and a member of the Urban Land Institute. Alex is active in Portland civic life and enjoys spending time high in the Cascade Mountains hiking and snowboarding.

Jim Kilpatrick - Fortis Construction

After graduating from the UC Davis Civil Engineering program, Jim spent the first two decades of his career working for two major contractors in the San Francisco Bay area. He then moved to Portland with the opportunity to escape California and open an office for a national contractor during the Silicon Forest heyday. When the timing was right, Jim and his business partners founded Fortis Construction in 2003—out of a garage.

Today, Portland-based Fortis Construction is one of the largest contractors in Oregon. The company has been recognized as a Real Estate and Development Top 10 Most Admired Company, Engineering-News Record  Top 100 Contractor, and one of the 10 largest private companies in Oregon. With a strong focus on company culture and core values, Fortis has also been ranked as high as the #3 Best Company to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business.

Jim is deeply involved with the local community, serving on the boards of Catholic Charities, the Blanchet House, Edison High School and the PSU Center for Real Estate. Aside from running a business and serving on boards, he and his wife are currently putting three of their four children through college.

Steven Klein - Kidder Matthews

Steven has over 32 years of experience in commercial real estate sales and leasing, development, and property management. Steven primarily specializes in industrial and flex properties.

Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Steven was a Principal at Trammell Crow Company for nearly 15 years and later served as Executive Director of Insignia/ESG, Inc., managing all lines of business for all product types in the Oregon and Southwest Washington region. During his tenure at Trammell Crow Company, Steven was responsible for overseeing the Industrial Properties Group.

Steven has completed over 2.6 million square feet of industrial and business park development and redevelopment projects in the Portland Metro Area Market. Steven’s extensive experience enables him to work with owners and property managers to position their assets to increase the renewal and occupancy levels, in turn, increasing the value of the assets. He also has gained a thorough understanding of what is required to manage the transaction, while representing his clients’ best interest.

Steven has served as the President of the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) and is currently a member of the Commercial Association of Brokers (CAB) and NAIOP. He is also a board member of the Riverdale School District Foundation and Kidder Mathews. Steven is a native Oregonian.

Stefanie Kondor - Related Northwest

As Vice President of Development for Related Northwest, Ms. Kondor is responsible for establishing Related’s presence in the Northwest while leading and managing all aspects of development and financing for Related’s affordable developments.

Prior to joining Related, Ms. Kondor was Director of Real Estate Development for Central City Concern where she managed the land acquisition, entitlements, and due diligence process for the development of new clinical and affordable housing in Portland, Oregon with development costs in excess of $100 million. While at Central City Concern, she was a recipient of the Housing Oregon’s Star Player Award in 2017 and led her development team named as top affordable housing developer by the Daily Journal of Commerce for 2018.  She developed award-winning projects receiving the prestigious AIA/AAH design award for Healthcare Design as well as the Novogradac New Market Tax Credit QLICI of the Year for Metro projects. Ms. Kondor has consulted through her firm, SK Asset Advisors for private developers and construction managers focused on affordable housing. As Senior Asset Manager for Bayside Communities, Ms. Kondor managed a portfolio of more than 60 multifamily properties throughout the west coast including senior housing, assisted-living, low-income housing, and HUD communities. She is experienced working on complex transactions with multi-layered funding along with new market tax credits.

Ms. Kondor holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Portland as well as a member of PSU’s Real Estate Advisory Board and a Portland Housing Advisory Committee Commissioner.  

David Kotansky - Colliers International

David Kotansky is Managing Director for the Portland office of Colliers International. In this role, David has operational and financial responsibility for the brokerage and property management divisions for the Portland market. His extensive experience in both brokerage and property management provides valuable insight for Colliers’ clients and brokers alike.

With 24 years of experience in the real estate industry, David began his career with BT Commercial in Northern California, specializing in flex/office leasing and sales. In 2000 he joined RREEF, an institutional real estate investment company. By 2005 RREEF named David as Regional Director in charge of leasing and property management for the Pacific Northwest. He managed a staff of 40 professionals and was responsible for the management and leasing of over 19 million square feet. He served on the RREEF National EcoOperations Committee which was responsible for operational strategies related to sustainable and green initiatives.

David is a past president of the local chapter of NAIOP.

Anna Langley - Langley Investment Partners

Anna Langley is a Principal of Langley Investment Properties, responsible for sourcing real estate investment and business development opportunities and the overall strategic direction of Langley Investment Properties along with Scott Langley. In 2017, Ms. And Mr. Langley formed a new company, L/L Investment Partners, and entered into a programmatic joint venture with Belay Investment Group/CalSTR as general/limited partners, respectively Ms. Langley has two decades of experience in the commercial real estate and the capital markets.

She was one of the early associates at Secured Capital Corp. (2001), which later became Eastdil Secured, and was Vice President of Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle during the financial crisis – spending 13 years headquartered in Los Angeles. She procured business relationships, generated deal leads, pitched assignments, oversaw sophisticated financial modeling and ran due diligence on behalf of institutional and high net worth clients. Ms. Langley worked on a national platform facilitating transactions ranging from $40 Million to portfolios valued at several billion dollars. During her tenure as an investment advisor, she was directly involved in the completion of over 36.5 million square feet and $8.8 billion of real estate transactions. Anna holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a Minor in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Tim Mitchell - Norris & Stevens, Inc.

As President of Norris & Stevens, Inc., Tim oversees the firm’s commercial sales, leasing, and marketing activities, as well as being a member of the newly formed Executive Committee. Tim has spent the majority of his professional career in commercial real estate, with over 27 years of industry success. He has spent the last three-and-a-half years at Norris & Stevens as the company’s Senior Vice President, Director of Sales & Leasing, overseeing a 92% increase in brokerage revenues.

Prior to joining Norris & Stevens, Tim was at Harsch Investment Properties, LLC in the position of Senior Vice President, Acquisitions overseeing Harsch’s acquisition and disposition operations on the west coast. During Tim’s 10 year tenure, he completed over 150 acquisition and disposition transactions totaling nearly $2 Billion encompassing all investment product types including office, retail, industrial, R&D, multi-family, hotels and development land.

Steven Moore - Stoel Rives

Paige Morgan - CBRE

For over 20 years, Paige Morgan has established herself as a business leader and expert in managing complex dispositions, equity placement and recapitalization of office, industrial and mixed-use properties throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Throughout her career, Paige has consistently been one of the market’s top-performing brokers, receiving multiple industry achievement awards from NAIOP, SIOR, CAB, and CoStar.  She joined CBRE’s Capital Markets platform as Senior Vice President in January 2019, bringing with her more than $4 billion in transaction history. 

Prior to CBRE, Paige led JLL’s institutional platform as Managing Director.  She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from Brown University. 

Mike Morey - StanCorp Mortgage Investors LLC / The Standard

Mike has been active in the commercial real estate finance and investment industry for more than 25 years.   He rejoined StanCorp Mortgage Investors in 2010 after more than five years as Vice President at Intervest Mortgage and Investment Company.  
Mr. Morey is the President of the Westside Economic Alliance Board of Directors in Portland, OR, and a member of the Portland State University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board. 

He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Kirk Olsen - Trammel Crow

Kirk Olsen serves as a Senior Vice President for Trammell Crow Company’s Portland Business Unit. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing and overseeing new office, urban, mixed-use, and multifamily development and investment opportunities throughout the Greater Portland market. He is also involved in sourcing and executing industrial project development. His areas of expertise include financial analysis, development, leasing, asset management, and disposition. Throughout his real estate career, Kirk has developed new business in multiple markets throughout the United States.

Prior to joining TCC, Kirk worked at Dermody Properties (2007-2013), DP Partners (2002-2007), Pandesic (1999-2001) and Omega Environmental Services (1994-1997). 

John Petersen - Melvin Mark Capital Group

For the past 30 years, John Petersen has been an active community leader with a diverse background in corporate, legal, finance, credit, management and marketing of financial services at every level. He has established relationships with a majority of top-tier developers and borrowers in the region. Prior to joining Melvin Mark Capital Group, John spent nine years at CBRE Capital Markets/Debt & Equity Finance as Director and Manager or the Portland, Oregon office. He was also a Senior Vice President for Bank of America, Regional Executive, and manager for commercial real estate lending in Oregon, Idaho and southwest Washington. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics as well as the School of Law, Juris Doctor, John serves on several trade organizations and non-profit boards.

Patricia Raicht - JLL

As the Senior Vice President and National Director of Research for the Western US, Patricia directs all aspects of the local market research programs, output, and staff for all markets west of the Rocky Mountains. She is focused on expanding and deepening the research platform into a strong component of the firm’s offering and integrated approach to client service in the region. Patricia brings a tremendous depth of research experience that leverages the firm’s collective knowledge of market dynamics in a way that guides strategic decision making and identifies risks and opportunities for clients.

With more than 30 years of detailed experience in the commercial real estate industry, she is responsible for directing the statistical tracking and reporting of an array of issues impacting the commercial office market, including economic data, corporate leasing activity, and capital market trends. Patricia is recognized regionally as a leading real estate market analyst, responsible for planning and executing integrated strategies to enhance JLL’s analytical and predictive intelligence capabilities. She has been an author and ghost-author of guest columns for local, regional and national media publications regarding commercial real estate market trends. In 2017, Patricia was named one of 25 Women of Influence by the Portland Business Journal. In 2018, Patricia was named a Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce and was selected by the Portland Business Journal as one of the three commercial real estate influencers representing Portland among 100 notable executives in the U.S.

Coni Rathbone - Rathbone Barton Olsen PC

Coni is an Attorney and Shareholder of Rathbone Bardon Olsen PC in Lake Oswego. She has practiced exclusively in Real Estate and Corporate law for over 23 years, 20 years of that at Davis Wright Tremaine. Coni’s practice focuses on real estate, corporate, LLC and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. She has extensive expertise in representing tenant-in-common (TIC) sponsors and investors, having represented over 100 Tenant-in-Common Owner groups in commercial real property workouts with sponsors, managers, and lenders to salvage owners’ investments in troubled markets. Coni is national leasing counsel for two nationally known telecommunications companies.

Coni has written numerous articles for various local and national publications on the subjects of TIC workouts and real estate transactions. She regularly makes presentations to real estate groups and is certified by the State of Oregon to provide continuing education credits for brokers. Coni has also been named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Real Estate (Oregon) by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers, for several years running. She is a member and 2011 President of the Oregon Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), a member of the Portland Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and serves on the board of the Oregon chapter of CCIM.

Coni is a native Oregonian and is married to Dr. Gail F. Ott. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren and relaxing at their lake house.

Jan Robertson - Norris, Beggs & Simpson, LLC

Jan Robertson is the COO and a principal of Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies, LLC, a diversified commercial real estate services firm serving as the holding company for four wholly-owned operating subsidiaries:  Norris, Beggs & Simpson Financial Services, Morrison Street Capital, and NBS Real Estate Consulting, and The REFF Group. Jan has been with NBS since 1981, and is directly responsible for the day to day operations of the NBS companies and supervises the administrative functions of the companies.   She became the firm’s first female partner in 1993, CFO in 2005 and CEO in 2011.  When the company reorganized in 2015, she subsequently negotiated the sale of their brokerage and property management divisions before stepping into her current position. 

She is a past president of the local chapter of NAIOP and a member since 2002.  She is a member of BOMA, the Commercial Association of Brokers, and the Portland Downtown Clean & Safe Board.  She is a current member of the International Women’s Forum and the Bizwomen Coalition.

Jan is an advocate for the arts and arts in education - including leadership roles in Young Audiences - and has served on the local affiliate board for 20 years, and the national board since 2000.  She is a founding member of the Right Brain Initiative.  In 2016 Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership honored her with their Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Greg Specht - CEO, Specht Development Inc.

Greg Specht's entire professional career has been in real estate development and construction. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Greg attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship, where he received first-team All Pac-8 and All-West Coast honors in 1972 as a wide receiver. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance, in 1973.

After a short stint playing football for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973, and the Portland Storm in the World Football League in 1974, Greg worked for Pioneer National Title Company (now Ticor Title) in Salem, Oregon. While there he began developing residential duplexes, which eventually led him to leave the firm in 1975, to pursue full-time development activities.

Greg is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Jesuit High School, is on the Multnomah Athletic Foundation Board, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University. Greg lives in Southwest Portland with his wife Roxanne, and twins Mathew and Madeline.

Brigitte Sutherland - Perkins & Co.

Brigitte is a tax shareholder who joined Perkins & Co in 2005 and is one of the leaders of the firm’s real estate practice group.

Brigitte has over twenty years of public and private accounting experience, including tax planning, research, and compliance.

Sutherland serves a wide array of clients in the real estate industry and has extensive experience with property owners and managers, real estate developers, and contractors, assisting them with specialized services such as cost segregation, tax-deferred exchanges, and tenancy in common reporting.

Bruce Wood - Foundation Real Estate Development

Bruce Wood is the Principal owner of Foundation Real Estate Development, a northwest development company. Prior to starting his own development firm, Mr. Wood served as Managing Director of Real Estate Development for Opus Northwest, LLC.

Mr. Wood's real estate career also includes working/consulting for Harsch Investments, Trammell Crow Company, and Booz, Allen & Hamilton Consultants. Mr. Wood is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.