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.         

Briana Murtaugh Development Manager

Briana has spent fifteen years in the real estate and finance industries with a background in residential development, affordable housing, private equity, value-add acquisitions and institutional investment.  She has experience across the spectrum of real estate development, from initial due diligence through construction to permanent financing, with an emphasis on risk management and a passion for mission-driven development.  Briana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Westmont College and is a CFA® charterholder.  

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 project underwriting from conception through construction and asset management. 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.