Julie Gibson to lead Portland State’s Center for Real Estate
Author: Suzanne Pardington, University Communications
Posted: January 29, 2014

Julie Gibson has been promoted to executive director of Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate, the region’s only academic center serving the real estate industry.

Since joining the center as associate director in 2006, Gibson has helped create Oregon’s only Master of Real Estate Development degree, grow the Center’s annual Real Estate Conference to more than 700 participants and raise awareness and support for the Center.

“The Center for Real Estate serves an important role to provide a pipeline of future talent and a source of education and insights for current professionals,” said Scott Dawson, dean of the School of Business Administration. “Julie's extensive industry experience makes her a huge asset for the real estate industry and PSU.”

The Center for Real Estate was formed in 2004 as a partnership between PSU's School of Urban Studies and Planning and School of Business Administration to manage the real estate programs at Portland State and serve as the link between the University and the real estate community. In 2011, the Center started the Master of Real Estate Development program, combining the fundamentals of real estate finance, economics and law with sustainable urban development and case studies involving real world projects.

“I look forward to strengthening the connection between our Center and the local real estate community, serving both the needs of students and employers,” Gibson said. 

Prior to joining PSU, Gibson worked for a decade in real estate at PNC Multifamily Housing in Portland and First Federal Savings and Loan in Santa Monica, Calif. Her work included asset management, underwriting, loan servicing and workouts, and affordable housing. She has an MBA from Portland State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.