Upcoming Events

CREW / CCIM Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, Aug. 13th @ 11:15 am - 7:30 pm
September Lunch & Program
Thursday, Sep. 10th @ 11:45 am
2015 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace
Wednesday, Sep. 30th @ 11:30 am
October Lunch & Program
Thursday, Oct. 8th @ 11:45 am
November Lunch & Program
Thursday, Nov. 12th @ 11:45 am
December Awards Luncheon
Thursday, Dec. 10th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
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Member Profile

Julie Gibson, Executive Director of Portland State University's Center for Real Estate

Julie Gibson is a southern California native, having lived in the Los Angeles area for 26 years before moving to Portland. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Julie began her real estate career as a Management Trainee with First Federal Bank of California. Julie worked for the bank for 4 years in various positions, including work as an Asset Manager in the bank's workout department and managing the Loan Service Customer Service and Collections department.

After a brief year in Lafayette, Indiana working for the Small Business Development Center, Julie was thrilled to move to Portland, Oregon. This time in her career search, Julie looked for a job where she could provide some "good" through her work and help people. Utilizing her real estate banking training, she found a job as an Asset Manager for PNC Bank's affordable housing division, PNC Multifamily Housing. After heading up an Asset Management team, Julie moved over to the underwriting side of PNC where she became a Vice President, managing a small team of underwriters.

While at PNC, Julie pursued her MBA degree from Portland State University. Little did she know that obtaining her MBA at PSU would open doors to finding what she calls the perfect job, becoming the Associate Director for Portland State University's new Center for Real Estate.

After 8 years with PSU, Julie was promoted to Executive Director of Portland State University's Center for Real Estate. In this role Julie works with students in PSU's Master of Real Estate Development program to connect them with the commercial real estate industry, does tailored career counseling, helps students find jobs and internships, conducts student real estate tours both locally and out of market, and manages a 35 member advisory board for the Center. Now in its 10th year, Julie has managed the Center for Real Estate's Annual Conference since inception, raising over $200,000 in profit with more than 800 attendees each year. Julie loves her work, primarily because she loves helping people! Julie's passion is helping students not only find jobs, but also connecting them to potential employers who help mentor her students.

When Julie's not working, you can find her enjoying family time with her husband and 4 children. Julie enjoys cooking, running, hiking, and camping in her 1978 VW Campervan which her family got in Germany when she was 7!

CREW May Off-Site Recap

An Adaptive Reuse of the Historic 511 Federal Building
By: Brenda Mejdell

Construction wrapped in January 2015 to relocate the Pacific Northwest College of Arts to its new resting place on the North Park Blocks off of Broadway. The original building was built in 1918 and was site to the Historic Post Masters Office. This $34 million project is now complete with rooms for classes, art exhibitions, apartments for students, and a new well-designed library. While this project now provides a space for students inspired by art and design, it also caters to Portland's creative side thanks to Creativity Works Here, a $15.3 million philanthropic project aimed at balancing art education and creative design.

Pacific Northwest College of Arts is the fastest growing art college in the country. Its 520 students are now able to participate in the new projects on campus such a flex space, Bridgelab, and a new art parking lot. The new flex space offers students the option to bring in their work, have conversations about it, and then move on. This innovative approach helps students gain ideas and share projects. Bridgelab is a start-up for innovations and business ideas. It is the first of its kind in the Northwest. In addition to the new buildings, the flat parking lot is owned by the city's park department. The future plan is to add an “Art Park” along with a community garden and 30 parking spots for students.  PNCA pays for the parking spots which then eventually pays for the park.

Over 20K square feet has been added to the 134,000 square foot building, which has allowed for additional library space. In the new accreditation library, the original oak wall and hidden office door were restored from the Post Masters Office. From the old building, on the first floor, they also left the original counter that people received their immigration papers on. They have added a floating mezzanine made of 8" of solid concrete that is suspended with cabling over the ground floor lobby.  

The new site has gained in popularity around the Northwest and has helped student retention increase 28%. With its new features and community focus, the Pacific Northwest College of Arts welcomes students and city goers to explore its creative transformation.