OUR COMPANY

Guerrilla Development is a real estate company focused on creating inventive and experimental projects that use both hemispheres of the brain.  We make buildings that prove that good design and good financial returns are not mutually exclusive.  We serve all of our partners with equal care, from investors and bankers to tenants and neighbors to contractors and staff.  Our ideas are coded in walls and windows and concrete and timber, yet we measure success by the social capital our developments produce as well as by the asset value they generate.

Guerrilla Development is a 21st Century company operating within a mid-century model. Our work and products are forward-thinking, yet the inner workings of our company are rooted in a time where 5 o’clock means it’s time to go home, and where all employees from top to bottom enjoy similar benefits and compensation.

 

Feel free to contact us via email at holler@guerrilladev.co.


Meet our team

KEVIN CAVENAUGH

OWNER

 

After completing architecture school at U.C. Berkeley and a 2-year stint building schools and homes for the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa, Kevin moved to Portland, Oregon in 1993. 

Kevin designs and develops small commercial and residential buildings.  He uses inexpensive materials and always attains high energy efficiency in his work.  His Burnside Rocket building has earned a LEED Platinum rating.

From hip restaurants to creative offices to wonderful residential renters, Kevin has been fortunate to turn his good buildings into great buildings by virtue of the tenants.  And because he builds with the intention of keeping each project, he also learns directly how his designs age as he maintains them year by year.

Kevin was a Loeb Fellow in 2007-2008 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.  His current projects include micro restaurants in The Ocean, experimental lenticular art along 100% of the façade of The Zipper, social capital-turned-architecture in an adaptive re-use livery stable 4-plex (Dr. Jim’s Still Really Nice), and corridor-free creative office spaces in the Fair-Haired Dumbbell. Kevin's current obsession (and possible upcoming project) is to create a better version of subsidy-less affordable housing.


JANET ADER

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

 

After many years working as a development and financial consultant to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area and Portland, Janet joined Guerrilla to further the successful development of the company and its’ ‘triple bottom line’ mission. She holds a bachelors degree from Cornell and a masters from Stanford, and followed her studies as an Investment Advisor specializing in Socially Responsible Investing.

Although always rooted in left-brain professional work, Janet also attended art school at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (wood department) and completed a certification in Coaching. She uses this unusual mix of experience and education to facilitate the design of companies and careers.

Since living overseas as a child, Janet has had a lifelong interest in exploring other countries and cultures and currently combines traveling with active ventures whenever possible.


ANNA MACKAY

HEAD OF EAST COAST DEVELOPMENT

 

After two years of project management with Guerrilla Development in Portland, Anna Mackay is now Head of East Coast Development and based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her duties at Guerrilla include coordinating crowdfunding, investor relations, and scouting Guerrilla’s first East Coast project.

Anna hails from Virginia but considers herself “bi-costal,” having split her post-college life between the Pacific Northwest and New England.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Fine Woodworking from Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

Anna has pursued a holistic understanding of making buildings throughout her professional career and has worked in multiple roles within the built environment: intern architect, woodworker/carpenter, project manager, and now as a real estate developer.  This multi-faceted exposure to her field equips her with a unique perspective that aligns closely with Guerrilla’s goals of creating places that not only provide reliable returns to investors, but that explore the potential of creating social capital through real estate development.  


JEN STRAIN

ACCOUNTING COORDINATOR

 

Jen brings over seven years of experience to Guerrilla in all aspects of business and bookkeeping functions.  She graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and most recently obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting at PSU.

Jen moved to Portland in 2009 allured by the city’s unique personality, professional opportunities, and close proximity to a wide range of outdoor recreation.  She is thrilled to be a part of a team that is so inventively and conscientiously adding to Portland’s landscape and community.

Her favorite adventures include river trips on the Deschutes (mainly to see who can rack up the most rattlesnake sightings -- she's an accountant and loves the numbers), camping in the desert, and learning to ski the backcountry.


MAX CALABRO

ASSET MANAGER

 

Max joined the Guerrilla team in 2015 as the company's first dedicated Asset Manager. Once construction is complete on a project, Max takes over all aspects of property management, building upkeep, and tenant relations. He was born and bred in the great state of Vermont, a.k.a. "the West Coast of the East Coast." 

Max holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a master's degree in geology from the University of Oregon. Since realizing that life in academia wasn't his cup of tea, Max has spent the last ten years in the Pacific Northwest working in green building consulting, construction, outdoor education, and art.

Last year, Max founded a business (officemindfulness.com) to bring meditation classes to offices around Portland. When he's not at Guerrilla or leading meditation at another office, Max loves yoga, rock climbing, painting, and building small bookcases out of wood. Sadly, he is currently abstaining from eating sugar.


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