Students

The Center for Real Estate offers academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, including a minor, certificates and a master's degree.

Staff

Julie Gibson, Barry Menashe Family Executive Director

MBA, Portland State University
BA, Business Administration, Pepperdine University 

Ms. Gibson has been with the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University since 2006 and has been instrumental in advancing the Center's real estate programs. In her role as Executive Director, she works closely with the Center's Advisory Board to advance the mission and vision for the Center for Real Estate. She enjoys connecting students with the commercial real estate industry for networking, mentorships, jobs, and internships and has a personal mission to help students determine the right career fit for their skills and interests. Ms. Gibson brings a decade of real estate experience at PNC Multifamily Housing in Portland, OR, and First Federal Savings and Loan in Santa Monica, CA. Her work included asset management, underwriting, loan servicing and workouts, and affordable housing.

Office: Karl Miller Center, Room 330A
Phone: 503-725-5109
E-mail: jcgibson@pdx.edu

Gerard C.S. Mildner, Ph.D., Academic Director, Master of Real Estate Development

Ph.D. in Economics, New York University
BA in Public Affairs, University of Chicago

Dr. Mildner is an Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning and teaches in the areas of urban economics, housing economics, public finance, cost-benefit analysis, political economy, poverty and welfare, economic development. His research is focused on the economics of local government, including growth management, rent control, municipal sports stadiums, housing markets, land use regulation, and urban transportation. 

Office: Karl Miller Center, Room 330B
Phone: 503-725-5175
E-mail: mildnerg@pdx.edu

Kirsten Larson, Academic Director, Property Management

MFA, Antioch University

Office: Karl Miller Center, Room 330
Email: kirsl@pdx.edu

Meagan An, Program Manager

Office: Karl Miller Center, Room 330
Phone: 503-725-4795
Email: ameagan@pdx.edu

Faculty

  • David Aoyagi
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Principal, DART Equity
    MBA, Dartmouth College
  • Paul Aragon
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    JD, Willamette University
  • Alan Brickley
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    MBA, University of Oregon, JD, Northwestern College of Law
  • Ian Carlton
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Senior Economic Advisor, ECONorthwest
    Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
  • Hans Eugene
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Senior Director, Cushman and Wakefield
    BA, University of Chicago, MAI, The Appraisal Institute
  • Ernesto Fonseca
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    CEO, Hacienda CDC
    Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Julia Freybote
    Assistant Professor, The School of Business
    PhD, Georgia State University
  • Eric Fruits
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    President, Economics International Corp.
    Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • Matthew Gebhardt
    Associate Professor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    MURP, University of Illinois, PhD, Columbia University
  • Julie Gibson
    Executive Director, Center for Real Estate
    MBA, Portland State University
  • Megan Horst
    Assistant Professor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Jerald Johnson
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Principal, Johnson Economics
    MS, Portland State University
  • Nicolai Kruger
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Principal, Nicolai Kruger Studio
    MArch, University of Oregon
  • Kirsten Larson
    Instructor, The School of Business
    MFA, Antioch University
  • Will Macht
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning,
    President, Macht & Co.
    JD, University of Virginia
  • Gerard Mildner
    Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance
    Academic Director, Center for Real Estate
    Ph.D., New York University
  • Jesse Miller
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Director of Real Estate and Commercial Property Management, Greystar Real Estate Partners
    MBA, City University of Seattle
  • Coni Rathbone
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Partner, Dunn Carney LLP
    JD, Willamette University
  • Bill Reid
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Finance Director, City of North Plains, Oregon
    MA, University of Oregon
  • Eric Ridenour
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Senior Associate, SRG Partnership
    MArch, University of Oregon
  • Jilian Saurage-Felton
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Director of Housing Development, Community Partners for Affordable Housing
    MBA, Willamette University
  • Jill Sherman
    Adjunct Instructor, The School of Business
    Partner, Gerding Edlen Development
    MUS, Portland State University
  • Catherine Such
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Managing Director, Regions Bank
    MBA, Portland State University
  • Ed Sullivan
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    JD, Willamette University
  • Bob Trapa
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Senior Vice President, Bremik Construction
    MS Montana State University
  • Mike Wilkerson
    Adjunct Instructor, School of Urban Studies and Planning
    Partner, ECONorthwest
    Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Alumni

Formed in 2017, PSU’s real estate alumni group is one of the most active alumni chapters on PSU’s campus. Alumni host various events throughout the year to connect and learn from one another, as well as serve PSU undergraduate and graduate real estate students. Many real estate alumni are actively involved in training and supporting the next generation of real estate professionals through guest speaking in the classroom, hosting real estate tours, and providing essential scholarship funds. For more information about joining PSU Center for Real Estate’s alumni chapter, please contact Julie Gibson at jcgibson@pdx.edu.

Advisory Board

PSU Center for Real Estate’s Advisory Board consists of 30 of the region’s prominent real estate professionals who have demonstrated their deep commitment to the Center through contributions of time and finances to support and grow the Center for Real Estate. The Center’s board is represented by all facets of the real estate industry, from development to brokerage to affordable housing. Board members are passionate about supporting students and actively provide access to their firms for mentorship, job shadow experiences, internships and networking. Board members also contribute financially to the Center for Real Estate’s operational activities and support students through an Advisory Board Scholarship contributing over $15,000 annually in scholarships.

Donors

PSU's Center for Real Estate is grateful for the support from our community real estate firms, industry professionals and alumni. 100% of the Center is funded through their philanthropic generosity and belief in our work; including the quality of our students who learn through our programs. The primary funding source for the Center comes from over 60 firms sponsoring our signature event – PSU’s Annual Real Estate Conference. In 2018, we brought together leaders from Portland’s commercial real estate market to form The Center Council and The Founder’s Circle to support our new strategic plan to expand educational offerings, research, and growth of the commercial real estate talent pool. In addition, many of these firms directly support our students through scholarships and applied learning opportunities. To see a list of our industry partners, please explore the options below, and we invite you to invest in the next generation of real estate professionals with a gift to PSU’s Center for Real Estate.

Center for Real Estate Founders' Circle & Center Council:

Founder’s Circle ($25,000+ annual gift)

BOMA
Walt Bowen
Barry Menashe

Center for Real Estate Council ($10,000 annual gift)

Peter Bechen
Graham Chernoff
Scott Langley
John Russell
Greg Specht
Peter Stott
Bob Stutte
Unico

Scholarship & Fellowship Donors

Alan Spanjer Endowed Scholarship
Ashforth Pacific Endowed Scholarship
Center for Real Estate Advisory Board Scholarship
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
COMP
Dermody Properties
Liam & Felicia Thornton
Multifamily NW
Norris & Stevens Endowed Scholarship
Oregon Association of REALTORS® Endowed Fellowship
PSU Real Estate Alumni
Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS)
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
TigerStop
Toribara/SMILE (Students Mastering Important Life-skills Education) 
Wright Commercial 

Center for Real Estate Friends ($100+ annual donation):

Lisa Abuaf
Affinity Property Management, LLC
Angelo Planning Group
Kali Bader
Christine Balzer-Pellissier
Zach Bonsall
Jeff Burns
Marcus Anthony Bush
Cairn Pacific
Graham Chernoff
Kevin Clark
Gregory Daniels
Todd Darling
Blas Delascio
Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue
Jamie Gaylord
Julie Gibson
Gary Golla
Patrick Goodman
Skip Grodahl
Angela Guo
Carlyn Harrison
Riley  Henderson
Cliff Hockley, Bluestone & Hockley Real Estate Services 
Scott Holden
Kerry Hughes
Alex Joyce-Peickert
Zachary Kersten
David Keys
Scott Kueny
Langley Investment Properties Inc.
Kirsten Larson
Cindy Laurila
James Lee
Samuel Leeding
Robert Lefeber
Julie Leuvrey
LRS Architects

Melissa Meagher
Menashe Properties
Steven Moore
Michael Morey
Moss Adams, LLP
Multifamily NW
NAIOP
Cara Nolan
Dave O'Donnell
Bryce Payne
Graham Petersen
PGE 
Bryan Powell
Kyle Raines
The Randall Group
Larry Remmers
Ann & Tom Remmers
Jan Robertson
Nicholas Santangelo
Adam Seidman
Shamrock Real Estate Company
Peter Skei
Peter Skei
Peter Smyslowski
The Standard
Stanton Street Building Company LLC
Structure Development Advisors
Trammell Crow Services, Inc.
Turner Construction Company
Urban Renaissance Property Co.
Ira Virden
Suvi Wesa
Ryan Winterberg-Lipp
Witt Wittenberg
Bruce Wood
ZGF Architects, LLP
Yu Zhao