The Team

Mark Desbrow
Development Partner & Neighbor

John CavaMark is a real estate developer who focuses on sustainable urban residential projects.  Prior to founding his own development firm, Green Light Development, Mark worked as a developer for Opus Northwest where he sourced and managed $130M worth of newly built LEED Gold Mixed Use projects in Portland.  Mark started his development career working for an affordable housing non-profit and before then as the Vice President of a large senior housing development firm.  Mark is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University’s Real Estate Development Graduate Program. 

John Cava

John CavaJ.M. Cava is an architect in Portland, where he practices architecture and is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon.  He studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Oregon and Columbia University.  As an author, he has written numerous essays on art, architecture, and design, with an emphasis on the regional architecture of the Pacific Northwest.  He is currently completing research on the Oregon mid-century architect and environmentalist, John Yeon.  As an architect, he has been a designer and design partner at some of the most well-known firms in Portland.  John currently has his own design and consulting firm that focuses on making places for living that, over the past 15 years, has designed hundreds of homes for people in the form of mixed use buildings, apartments, condominiums and single-family houses, both modern and traditional. 

Ethan Beck

Ethan BeckIn 2007 Ethan founded Ethan Beck Homes LLC in order to pursue his interest in sustainable and green building practices.  Ethan is a Middlebury College graduate, a husband and a father of two young boys.  He is a former finish carpenter with a passion for building energy efficient homes. Ethan’s vision is to build responsible homes that match a family’s life style, by honing the options available.  To add to the beauty and character of a neighborhood for generations to come, while reducing their impact on the environment.  Ethan listens to and works closely with prospective homeowners and subcontractors to ensure that all homes are built with the utmost integrity and easily qualify for Northwest ENERGY STAR and Earth Advantage Certification.

Jill Cropp

Jill CroppJill is a native Portlander who lives with her husband and son in SE Portland not far from Waverly Commons. Jill's family plans to make Waverly Commons their home, and they are excited to design an energy efficient home filled with natural light in a great new community. She also enjoys biking around the neighborhood, designing her own clothes, and all types of crafting.

Jill is an architect specializing in green/sustainable design that celebrates natural sunlight and efficient floor plans. She is passionate about helping families prioritize their dreams into an affordable home without sacrificing great design.  Jill has experience with both residential and commercial projects in Portland and Boston, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.