The UD+P Team

Since its founding in 2006, Urban Development + Partners has raised the bar for green building practices, community-focused investing and customer service.

We are proud to carry out our founding partners’ shared interest in adaptive reuse and shared vision for a sustainable business model—one in which the interests of the company align with the interests of investors, tenants, the local community and the environment. 

UD+P has developed and acquired 28 properties and currently controls and manages over 390,000 square feet of real estate across 16 properties. As a vertically integrated company, we guide each project through every aspect of the development process: finance, design, construction and management. Our expertise extends to a range of property types including adaptive reuse, mixed use, residential and office.

We are firmly rooted in Portland, Oregon, home to our office, all of our commercial and residential projects and everyone on our team.

 

  AVI BEN-ZAKEN   Principal   Avi approaches real estate development and property management with an entrepreneurial mindset. Whether it is designing buildings or responding to tenants, he is always searching for a better way to do things. With a proven track record as a successful business owner and entrepreneur, Avi has an extensive background in real estate acquisition, construction management, structural engineering, property management, and investment fund management.  Avi manages all of our properties, conducts due diligence on prospective acquisitions and loans, and oversees the design and construction phases of our new projects. Before moving to Portland, Avi spent 16 years building Quality Bay Construction (QBC) into the California Bay Area’s premier seismic retrofit contractor. Avi and his QBC partners eventually focused on the real estate acquisition, forming Pacific Bay Investments to manage the buildings they were buying and renovating.

AVI BEN-ZAKEN
Principal

Avi approaches real estate development and property management with an entrepreneurial mindset. Whether it is designing buildings or responding to tenants, he is always searching for a better way to do things. With a proven track record as a successful business owner and entrepreneur, Avi has an extensive background in real estate acquisition, construction management, structural engineering, property management, and investment fund management.

Avi manages all of our properties, conducts due diligence on prospective acquisitions and loans, and oversees the design and construction phases of our new projects. Before moving to Portland, Avi spent 16 years building Quality Bay Construction (QBC) into the California Bay Area’s premier seismic retrofit contractor. Avi and his QBC partners eventually focused on the real estate acquisition, forming Pacific Bay Investments to manage the buildings they were buying and renovating.

AVI BEN-ZAKEN
Principal


  ERIC CRESS Principal   An engineer and designer by training, Eric is drawn to innovative new ideas that make our communities better places to live. At UD+P, Eric concentrates on acquisition, development, and finance. He oversees budgets and the acquisition-to-construction phase of new projects.  Before UD+P, Eric was a project manager at Pacific Bay Investments in Berkeley, California. Prior to that, Eric managed engineering projects for Cypress Semiconductor, Maple Optical Systems, Leapfrog Toys, and the National Science Foundation. Eric holds eight patents and has published several papers related to this work. He earned an MBA with a focus in real estate finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Eric currently serves as District Council Chair of the Portland Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Central Eastside Industrial Council.

ERIC CRESS
Principal

An engineer and designer by training, Eric is drawn to innovative new ideas that make our communities better places to live. At UD+P, Eric concentrates on acquisition, development, and finance. He oversees budgets and the acquisition-to-construction phase of new projects.

Before UD+P, Eric was a project manager at Pacific Bay Investments in Berkeley, California. Prior to that, Eric managed engineering projects for Cypress Semiconductor, Maple Optical Systems, Leapfrog Toys, and the National Science Foundation. Eric holds eight patents and has published several papers related to this work. He earned an MBA with a focus in real estate finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Eric currently serves as District Council Chair of the Portland Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Central Eastside Industrial Council.

ERIC CRESS
Principal


  LESLIE LOUIS Development Manager   Bringing almost 20 years of construction experience to the group, Leslie joined UD+P in 2018. Part of a local general contractor's team for over 15-years, she worked both in the office and field, with the majority of projects focused on student and multi-family housing. Recently Leslie worked in development, estimating and managing tenant improvement and new construction projects. The tenant improvement work provided an opportunity to build relationships with the clients she served. Leslie works in partnership with Avi Ben-Zaken and Joren Bass on all aspects of development, from feasibility studies through design and construction. A native of Southern Oregon, she is passionate about creating transformative projects and building community. When she is not collaborating with interesting teammates at work, Leslie likes to run in the woods.

LESLIE LOUIS
Development Manager

Bringing almost 20 years of construction experience to the group, Leslie joined UD+P in 2018. Part of a local general contractor's team for over 15-years, she worked both in the office and field, with the majority of projects focused on student and multi-family housing. Recently Leslie worked in development, estimating and managing tenant improvement and new construction projects. The tenant improvement work provided an opportunity to build relationships with the clients she served. Leslie works in partnership with Avi Ben-Zaken and Joren Bass on all aspects of development, from feasibility studies through design and construction. A native of Southern Oregon, she is passionate about creating transformative projects and building community. When she is not collaborating with interesting teammates at work, Leslie likes to run in the woods.

LESLIE LOUIS
DEVELOPMENT Manager


  ANTHONY STOHL Asset Manager   Anthony joined us in 2012 with more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He is primarily responsible for property acquisitions, sales, and financial reporting. Anthony’s background includes five years at EGM Capital in San Francisco working as a Financial Analyst and Portfolio Manager of a $600MM hedge fund. Most recently, Anthony spent 10 years managing family investment funds. Anthony earned a BS degree from Oregon State University in 1990 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California in 1999. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1999

ANTHONY STOHL
Asset Manager

Anthony joined us in 2012 with more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He is primarily responsible for property acquisitions, sales, and financial reporting. Anthony’s background includes five years at EGM Capital in San Francisco working as a Financial Analyst and Portfolio Manager of a $600MM hedge fund. Most recently, Anthony spent 10 years managing family investment funds. Anthony earned a BS degree from Oregon State University in 1990 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California in 1999. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1999

ANTHONY STOHL
Asset Manager


  SARA MOORE Asset Management Bookkeeper   Sara is the full charge bookkeeper for UD+P properties. She handles financial reporting, tenant ledgers, security deposits, rents, bank reconciliations, payables and receivables, debt service payments, and utility bill-backs to commercial tenants. Sara also helps to prepare budgets and analyze performance. A native of Milwaukie, Oregon, Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Oregon State University. She then worked in senior housing and property management before settling on bookkeeping as her primary career path. Sara joined UD+P in early 2013 with 11 years of experience in bookkeeping, property management, and human resources.

SARA MOORE
Asset Management Bookkeeper

Sara is the full charge bookkeeper for UD+P properties. She handles financial reporting, tenant ledgers, security deposits, rents, bank reconciliations, payables and receivables, debt service payments, and utility bill-backs to commercial tenants. Sara also helps to prepare budgets and analyze performance. A native of Milwaukie, Oregon, Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Oregon State University. She then worked in senior housing and property management before settling on bookkeeping as her primary career path. Sara joined UD+P in early 2013 with 11 years of experience in bookkeeping, property management, and human resources.

SARA MOORE
Asset Management Bookkeeper


  JOREN BASS Project Manager   A “boots on the ground architect,” Joren is every bit as comfortable and capable with a pencil or computer as with a framing hammer in hand. Adept at managing every phase of the building process, Joren collaborates with Avi Ben-Zaken and Leslie Louis to manage UD+P projects from early conception and design through construction and completion.  Bringing more than 20 years of diverse design and construction experience with projects in the Portland area, as well as nationally and internationally, Joren holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas, a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and is a licensed architect. His broad experience, creativity and passion for the built environment allow him to help UD+P shape Portland’s innovative, sustainable and growing community.

JOREN BASS
Project Manager

A “boots on the ground architect,” Joren is every bit as comfortable and capable with a pencil or computer as with a framing hammer in hand. Adept at managing every phase of the building process, Joren collaborates with Avi Ben-Zaken and Leslie Louis to manage UD+P projects from early conception and design through construction and completion.

Bringing more than 20 years of diverse design and construction experience with projects in the Portland area, as well as nationally and internationally, Joren holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas, a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and is a licensed architect. His broad experience, creativity and passion for the built environment allow him to help UD+P shape Portland’s innovative, sustainable and growing community.

JOREN BASS
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT Manager


  TINA MCNERTHNEY Investor Communications Manager   Tina works with UD+P investors through every step of the investment process—ensuring that our members are informed about the latest fund and project activities and responding to inquiries from members and prospective investors. Tina holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. She also has paralegal certification and LEED AP accreditation.  Originally from Massachusetts, Tina has been in Portland since 2000. Before joining UD+P, she was a planner and consultant in the urban development field for ten years, and recently worked as a paralegal. Tina is excited to bring her unique professional background and experience to UD+P to help keep investors engaged and up-to-date. An animal lover and fitness enthusiast, Tina enjoys hiking with her dog, biking and rock climbing.

TINA MCNERTHNEY
Investor Communications Manager

Tina works with UD+P investors through every step of the investment process—ensuring that our members are informed about the latest fund and project activities and responding to inquiries from members and prospective investors. Tina holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. She also has paralegal certification and LEED AP accreditation.

Originally from Massachusetts, Tina has been in Portland since 2000. Before joining UD+P, she was a planner and consultant in the urban development field for ten years, and recently worked as a paralegal. Tina is excited to bring her unique professional background and experience to UD+P to help keep investors engaged and up-to-date. An animal lover and fitness enthusiast, Tina enjoys hiking with her dog, biking and rock climbing.

TINA MCNERTHNEY
Investor Communications Manager


  MEGAN CROSBY Portfolio Director   Megan joined UD+P in 2016 with more than 13 years of experience in real estate development, sales, marketing and management. As Portfolio Director, she is responsible for the operations and property management of all UD+P Properties. Originally from Chicago, Megan has worked on various large-scale luxury condominium developments and closed them at some of the highest prices per square foot recorded. In addition to development, Megan managed mixed portfolios of Multi-Family and Commercial assets for both Harsch Investment Properties and Greystar. Megan’s diverse experience has taught her how to build strong relationships with all departments at an organization, build on client relationships to provide the highest level of customer service and bring a level of acute analytics to a growing and unique marketplace. In her spare time, Megan enjoys running, photography and hiking with her dog.

MEGAN CROSBY
Portfolio Director

Megan joined UD+P in 2016 with more than 13 years of experience in real estate development, sales, marketing and management. As Portfolio Director, she is responsible for the operations and property management of all UD+P Properties. Originally from Chicago, Megan has worked on various large-scale luxury condominium developments and closed them at some of the highest prices per square foot recorded. In addition to development, Megan managed mixed portfolios of Multi-Family and Commercial assets for both Harsch Investment Properties and Greystar. Megan’s diverse experience has taught her how to build strong relationships with all departments at an organization, build on client relationships to provide the highest level of customer service and bring a level of acute analytics to a growing and unique marketplace. In her spare time, Megan enjoys running, photography and hiking with her dog.

MEGAN CROSBY
Portfolio Director


  THERESA NUTE Investor Relations Manager   Theresa leads the development of new investor relationships for UD+P. Theresa focuses on developing investor relationships that include Investment Advisors and Family Office executives whose values are aligned with UD+P’s long term, high value approach in the local Portland market. Theresa holds a MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School and Northwestern University and a BS from Oregon State in Information Systems and Engineering.  Prior to UD+P, Theresa led business development activities for several healthcare IT companies focused on addressing needs for Government and State Medicaid agencies. She worked on Wall Street as an investment banker for Credit Suisse First Boston in their technology banking unit. Theresa is an Oregon native and her family maintains two working farms in the Willamette valley.

THERESA NUTE
Investor Relations Manager

Theresa leads the development of new investor relationships for UD+P. Theresa focuses on developing investor relationships that include Investment Advisors and Family Office executives whose values are aligned with UD+P’s long term, high value approach in the local Portland market. Theresa holds a MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School and Northwestern University and a BS from Oregon State in Information Systems and Engineering.

Prior to UD+P, Theresa led business development activities for several healthcare IT companies focused on addressing needs for Government and State Medicaid agencies. She worked on Wall Street as an investment banker for Credit Suisse First Boston in their technology banking unit. Theresa is an Oregon native and her family maintains two working farms in the Willamette valley.

THERESA NUTE
Investor Relations Manager


  CHERYL GOOD Project Bookkeeper   Cheryl is currently working as our Project Bookkeeper, keeping track of the payables, construction loan draws, payroll, and reporting for a large rehabilitation project. She works closely with our Project Manager to track the budget and performance of the project.  She first joined the UD+P family in 2010 as our Full Charge Bookkeeper. At that time, she came with 33 years of experience in Property Management Bookkeeping in third-party management companies, not-for-profit housing, student housing, affordable housing and privately owned property management companies.  A native of Buffalo, New York, and a prior resident of Marin County, California, Cheryl has lived in Oregon since 1985. She holds a Business Administration degree from Portland Community College with a focus on Accounting, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Warner Pacific College.Cheryl is very active in the community pantry that operates out of her church.

CHERYL GOOD
Project Bookkeeper

Cheryl is currently working as our Project Bookkeeper, keeping track of the payables, construction loan draws, payroll, and reporting for a large rehabilitation project. She works closely with our Project Manager to track the budget and performance of the project.

She first joined the UD+P family in 2010 as our Full Charge Bookkeeper. At that time, she came with 33 years of experience in Property Management Bookkeeping in third-party management companies, not-for-profit housing, student housing, affordable housing and privately owned property management companies.

A native of Buffalo, New York, and a prior resident of Marin County, California, Cheryl has lived in Oregon since 1985. She holds a Business Administration degree from Portland Community College with a focus on Accounting, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Warner Pacific College.Cheryl is very active in the community pantry that operates out of her church.

CHERYL GOOD
Project Bookkeeper


  JOY WILSON Joy Officer   The “Joy Officer” serving the UDP team, Joy keeps the day to day office running smoothly while maintaining a healthy, productive, and joyful office environment.  Joy graduated from college with an Art degree and K-12 teaching certification. After a short stint of teaching, she traded the classroom for the stage and spent over seven years as a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist. She then spent 15 years within high level, global creative agencies, each with varying specialties in design, advertising, and architecture, before finding her happy place at UDP in 2018. She is inspired by UDP’s commitment to community and sustainability.  Joy loves running marathons, albeit at a snail’s pace. She spends her free time advocating for racial and gender equity with Basic Rights Oregon, and serving on a national council for Human Rights Campaign.

JOY WILSON
Joy Officer

The “Joy Officer” serving the UDP team, Joy keeps the day to day office running smoothly while maintaining a healthy, productive, and joyful office environment.

Joy graduated from college with an Art degree and K-12 teaching certification. After a short stint of teaching, she traded the classroom for the stage and spent over seven years as a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist. She then spent 15 years within high level, global creative agencies, each with varying specialties in design, advertising, and architecture, before finding her happy place at UDP in 2018. She is inspired by UDP’s commitment to community and sustainability.

Joy loves running marathons, albeit at a snail’s pace. She spends her free time advocating for racial and gender equity with Basic Rights Oregon, and serving on a national council for Human Rights Campaign.

Joy Wilson
Joy OFFICER