Ariston Development consistently delivers innovative, high quality projects by bringing together abundantly talented people in a creative and collaborative environment. The diverse experiences and knowledge bases of our team of strategic partners allow us to solve complex challenges with solutions that are sustainable, market driven, and financially sound.
Josh has worked in commercial real estate since 1997. His experience includes developing and asset managing of over half a million square feet of real estate, as well as public sector policymaking as an elected official. He has developed retail, office, industrial, and mixed-use projects, both private as well as public/private partnerships.
Josh’s development project portfolio includes complex historic renovations, new construction, LEED-certification, and public/private projects in urban renewal areas with high community interest and visibility.
He is currently a member of the City Council in Gresham, Oregon (pop. 110,000), and serves as vice chair of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission, the urban renewal agency for the city. He also serves as the city council liaison to the city’s Design and Planning Commissions. Josh is a member of the regional steering committees for the Creative Advocacy Network and the Greater Portland-Vancouver Economic Indicators Project. Prior to his service as an elected official, he served on the boards of the Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation and Proud Ground (formerly Portland Community Land Trust), a nonprofit dedicated to affordable homeownership.
In addition to his work in development and local government, Josh also teaches two college courses in real estate finance and investment at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College.
Josh holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown University with a focus in finance and international real estate. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development and a B.S. (triple major) from Portland State University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
In 2010, Josh was named one of the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award winners, honoring the forty brightest young business leaders in the Portland region under the age of 40.