We endeavor to create projects that enhance the broader community.

Green Light Development is a full-service, real-estate development, investment and advisory service firm. We have delivered over 60,000 square feet of commercial space, 700 apartment units, and 30 single family homes since 2008. 

We create value through:

  • Steady focus and diligence through the entire development process
  • Flexibility on venture structure to accommodate investor requirements and/or owner-operator partners 
  • Structuring and executing on win-win partnerships
  • Executing projects with complex financing and land-use requirements
  • Strategically forming and guiding project teams


Our team combines creative ideas with development execution.  

Mark Desbrow  Principal

Mark Desbrow

Since founding Green Light in 2008, Mark has been responsible for successfully guiding a series of real estate development ventures through concept, construction and lease-up. Green Light’s portfolio is for the most part in Portland Oregon – biking distance from Mark’s home at Waverly Commons and office at D Street Village which each happen to be Green Light Projects.

Mark’s casual and confident approach is anchored by his varied experiences, creativity, tested perseverance, and capacity to execute. Key to Green Light’s success is a “we all win together” approach where the team members, in addition to capital partners, contractors, architects, and brokers feel their own sense of ownership and partnership in each unique project.

Jake Raiton   Development Director                                      

Jake Raiton
Development Director                                     

Jake began his career as an investment banker in New York City, working in the finance industry for six years before moving back to his hometown of Portland. Since moving back to Portland, Jake has been in senior roles within the commercial real estate industry with a focus on development, financing, and asset management. Jake holds an Oregon Broker’s License and has a Master’s Degree in Accounting.         

Duston Larsen   Project Manager         

Duston Larsen
Project Manager       

Duston manages the delivery of multifamily buildings during the construction phase.  He manages work flow with our general contractors, architects and other consultants to deliver projects on time and on budget. Prior to joining Green Light,  Duston spent 10 years managing property maintenance teams and providing construction management services.

Alec Lawrence   Development Associate

Alec Lawrence
Development Associate

Alec has a diverse background in finance, market research, land use planning, leasing, and property management. He draws upon all these experiences supporting Green Light’s financial underwriting from project conception to operations and sale. Alec holds a Master’s of Real Estate Development (MRED) from Portland State University.

Sarah Weaklend  Office Manager / Project Accountant   

Sarah Weaklend
Office Manager / Project Accountant   

Sarah has 12 years of bookkeeping experience in multiple industries with experience working directly for businesses and with a CPA firm. Sarah handles bank draws, reporting, accounts payable and receivable, portfolio property management needs and general office oversight.  She provides a strong, analytical eye and attention to detail.