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.
Public-Private Development Partner
John has 35 years of experience in planning and development working in the Portland region and beyond—with a strong focus on public-private partnerships and urban infill. Serving in both the public and private sectors, John works at the policy level and on individual projects, always committed to fulfilling his clients’ strategic aspirations related to urban, higher density, pedestrian/transit-friendly development. Most recently, John's work has focused on the successful solicitation of development in numerous cities in the region and around the country, as well as providing assistance to jurisdictions in their efforts to “set the table” for aspirational forms of development. This work includes assessing development codes for alignment with a community’s vision and integrating developers’ perspectives into the regulatory environment.
John is a collaborator, striving to find solutions that support the goals of various project stakeholders. John's ability to synthesize multiple perspectives is bolstered by his long-term relationships with numerous elected officials, developers, agency staff, and other decision makers.
John received his Bachelor's degree from the Honors College at the University of Oregon. He serves on Metro’s Transit-Oriented Development Steering Committee and is a regular speaker on panels related to urban development.
Graphic Design + Communications Partner
Sonya has worked as a graphic designer, technical writer and editor for over 15 years. She specializes in urban and regional planning outreach and communication materials, including final plans and other public engagement documents, supplemental graphics, websites, and branding. Sonya works with planners, city government staff, community outreach leaders, and business owners to translate complex, multifaceted subjects into digestible, key messages and concepts through detailed content development and visual design. Sonya’s most recent projects include lead designer for numerous comprehensive and regional plan updates around the country, various public engagement materials for city and regional jurisdictions, and branding efforts for several local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Sonya's work relies on being an active and engaged participant with her clients—asking questions, listening and pursuing her own personal understanding of the subject matter. This approach satisfies her own curiosity and supports her ability to communicate effectively with the target audience.
Sonya has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Willamette University. She is a mother, wife, yogi and an avid supporter of community radio and locally grown produce.
Planning + Development Partner
A geographer, urban planner, and real estate developer, Garlynn has spent his career evaluating existing and future urban regions from multiple perspectives. With 8 years at major regional metropolitan planning organization MTC, and 5+ years with regional planning industry leader, Calthorpe Associates, he spearheaded development of new computer software enabling urban planners to create more livable communities.
His focus has been on planning for walkable, bikeable, transit-served neighborhoods, and transforming central areas of cities and regions into vibrant places for abundant future growth that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. His work and experience ranges from transit-oriented development, bicycle transportation planning, regional transportation policy and funding, to the use of GIS technology (including open source scenario planning tools) to support smart growth and regional planning efforts by quantifying the fiscal, health, transportation, energy and water consumption and other impacts of new growth within the context of the performance of the existing built environment.