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The GSP Team

The GSP Team

01

Jesse Baerkahn

President + Founder

What do you do at Graffito?

I get to touch all aspects of our business, from drafting SOWs for new projects, to leading some of our hairiest strategy + leasing assignments, to creating the agenda for our weekly team lunches.

What is your educational + professional background?

I’ve been a small business lawyer, artist/musician manager, and ran a student directory business, the latter of which I started while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I attended law school at Northeastern University here in Boston, a truly progressive place that advanced my passion for social justice, taught me how to read a contract, and brought me together with a classmate turned business partner who first dragged me over to Kendall Square for a real estate project in 2004…

The city of the future…

Has boats. Lots of boats.

North or South of the River?

North!

Favorite restaurant outside of the Boston area?

I have two – Ganso (ramen) in Brooklyn and PublicUs (cafe) in Las Vegas.

02

Erin Bozarth

Director, Active Design

What do you do at Graffito?

I use my design background to figure out how we can make public spaces as accessible and enjoyable to as many people as possible.

What is your educational + professional background?

I attended Miami University where I majored in Urban and Regional Planning, then went straight to grad school at the University of Michigan for my Master of Urban Planning. I moved to Boston looking for bright lights and a big city in the summer of 2015, had coffee with Gustavo to talk about how I could help with Union Lunch, and never looked back.

The city of the future…

Has subtle and obvious opportunities for people of all ages to play/move/jump/run/fly.

Inside or outside?

Outside. Specifically Lorentz Park.

Dream food crawl city?

Mexico City! Dave and I have agreed to a taco-eating competition, place your bets now.

03

Dave Downing

Managing Director, Leasing + Retail Strategy

What do you do at Graffito?

I lead Graffito’s leasing practice, which includes early-stage retail advisory work through detailed lease negotiations for both Landlords and Tenants.

What is your educational + professional background?

Prior to joining the Graffito team full-time in 2012, I helped oversee the development of Watermark Kendall East, a 144-unit mixed use residential project in Kendall Square, Cambridge MA. This role offered me the opportunity to build skills in permitting, client relations, budgeting, team coordination, leasing and tenant fit-up management. I hold a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.

The city of the future…

Is where local businesses define community, consumer experience and value.

Walk, bike, or the T?

Electric scooter. It’s 2019.

Dream food crawl city?

For sure, Tokyo. The hustle and bustle.

04

Johanna Griffin

Director of Finance and Administration

What do you do at Graffito?

I take care of all of the bookkeeping and business administrative tasks.

What is your educational + professional background?

I have been doing accounting and HR for the past nine years, working mostly with restaurants and cafes. I started my career working for a large company in Philadelphia and then moved back to Boston and fell in love with small businesses. BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont.

The city of the future…

Has more green spaces and things to do outside.

North or South of the River?

Always North.

Your favorite restaurant outside of the Boston area?

Craft in NYC and Trois Familia in LA.

05

Shay Johnson

Associate, Leasing

What do you do at Graffito?

I focus on cultivating new and existing relationships through tenant recruitment and development planning, which has allowed me to understand the requirements and specific needs of retailers.

What is your educational + professional background?

I graduated from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Marketing Communications with a minor in English. I previously worked as a retail leasing associate, in addition to having 6 years of managerial experience in retail.

The city of the future…

Is one that has a balance of urbanism + nature.

Favorite new retail concept?

Rise by We is a wellness club in New York that puts a modern twist to your everyday gym by providing unique services that service your modern health + wellness needs – meditation, personal training, full service spa and cafe.

North or South of the River?

South.

06

Gustavo Quiroga

Director of Neighborhood Strategy + Development

What do you do at Graffito?

A bit of a utility player at Graffito, I lead early-stage planning + strategy work for neighborhood-scale projects, develop creative placemaking programs, foster community partnerships, and manage special development projects for clients.

What is your educational + professional background?

I have an MBA from Boston University and a BA in International Studies from U. Wisconsin-Madison. My past work focused on urban economic development, community + political organizing, and launching social enterprises.

The city of the future…

Works for people, ages 8 to 80.

Walk, bike, or the T?

Bike!

Dream food crawl city?

Tokyo.