the team

Jesse Baerkahn

President and Founder. Jesse evaluates all of GSP’s new business, new service platforms, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Previously he co-founded and was President of CityRetail, the predecessor to Graffito’s retail leasing practice. Before GSP and concurrent to CityRetail Jesse held various roles at Twining Properties, most recently VP of New Ventures. Separate from GSP, he is a lawyer and adviser to select group of artists, restauranteurs and innovators. He has launched several other start-ups over the past 15 years in the real estate, arts and entertainment fields. Jesse holds a JD from Northeastern University and BA from The University of Wisconsin. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and member of the MA and NY Bar.

jesse@graffitosp.com

 

Erin Bozarth

Erin Bozarth Associate, Planning & Urban Design & Erin concentrates on large-scale planning projects, supports GSP placemaking initiatives, and provides design support for all graphic communications. Prior to GSP Erin studied urban design and planning at the University of Michigan, where she received her MUP. In addition to her Master of Urban Planning she holds a BA in Urban Planning & Sustainability from Miami University. Erin lives in Union Square, Somerville.

erin@graffitosp.com

Gustavo Quiroga

Director of Placemaking & Advisory. Gustavo spearheads GSP’s placemaking advisory practice. His previous work centered in urban economic development, political campaigns and launching social enterprises.  Gustavo worked for four years at Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation in Boston, MA, most recently as Director of Community Engagement & Marketing. Immediately prior to GSP he served as Director of Operations & Strategic Communications for Boston Mayoral Candidate Mike Ross. He is active in Boston’s arts, maker and civic engagement scenes. Gustavo has a BA from The University of Wisconsin and is currently an MBA candidate at Boston University.

gustavo@graffitosp.com

 

Dave Downing

Vice President and Director of Leasing & Development. Dave leads GSP’s development and retail leasing practices and was Jesse’s first hire in 2007 when assembling the Twining Properties in-house retail team. He is now a Partner in GSP. Previously he was Development Manager at Twining Properties and Leasing Manager at CityRetail. He has significant construction management and retail development experience as a landlord rep and has advised GSP clients on leasing and development for ground floor space totaling over 250,000 SF. Dave has a BS from Northeastern University. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in MA and has a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.

 dave@graffitosp.com

 

Sean Alberti

Associate, Leasing & Development.  Sean focuses on tenant recruitment and development planning. Previously, he worked as a project manager for a VT-based real estate firm and most recently as Project Associate for The Wilder Companies and Boylston Properties. Sean is passionate about local enterprise and sustainable business development. He is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in MA and has a BA from The University of Rhode Island.  

 sean@graffitosp.com

 
 

Jesse Baerkahn

President and Founder. Jesse evaluates all of GSP’s new business, new service platforms, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Previously he co-founded and was President of CityRetail, the predecessor to Graffito’s retail leasing practice. Before GSP and concurrent to CityRetail Jesse held various roles at Twining Properties, most recently VP of New Ventures. Separate from GSP, he is a lawyer and adviser to select group of artists, restauranteurs and innovators. He has launched several other start-ups over the past 15 years in the real estate, arts and entertainment fields. Jesse holds a JD from Northeastern University and BA from The University of Wisconsin. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and member of the MA and NY Bar.

jesse@graffitosp.com

 

Erin Bozarth

Erin Bozarth Associate, Planning & Urban Design & Erin concentrates on large-scale planning projects, supports GSP placemaking initiatives, and provides design support for all graphic communications. Prior to GSP Erin studied urban design and planning at the University of Michigan, where she received her MUP. In addition to her Master of Urban Planning she holds a BA in Urban Planning & Sustainability from Miami University. Erin lives in Union Square, Somerville.

erin@graffitosp.com

Gustavo Quiroga

Director of Placemaking & Advisory. Gustavo spearheads GSP’s placemaking advisory practice. His previous work centered in urban economic development, political campaigns and launching social enterprises.  Gustavo worked for four years at Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation in Boston, MA, most recently as Director of Community Engagement & Marketing. Immediately prior to GSP he served as Director of Operations & Strategic Communications for Boston Mayoral Candidate Mike Ross. He is active in Boston’s arts, maker and civic engagement scenes. Gustavo has a BA from The University of Wisconsin and is currently an MBA candidate at Boston University.

gustavo@graffitosp.com

 

Dave Downing

Vice President and Director of Leasing & Development. Dave leads GSP’s development and retail leasing practices and was Jesse’s first hire in 2007 when assembling the Twining Properties in-house retail team. He is now a Partner in GSP. Previously he was Development Manager at Twining Properties and Leasing Manager at CityRetail. He has significant construction management and retail development experience as a landlord rep and has advised GSP clients on leasing and development for ground floor space totaling over 250,000 SF. Dave has a BS from Northeastern University. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in MA and has a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.

 dave@graffitosp.com

 

Sean Alberti

Associate, Leasing & Development.  Sean focuses on tenant recruitment and development planning. Previously, he worked as a project manager for a VT-based real estate firm and most recently as Project Associate for The Wilder Companies and Boylston Properties. Sean is passionate about local enterprise and sustainable business development. He is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in MA and has a BA from The University of Rhode Island.  

 sean@graffitosp.com

 
 

We believe that great urban neighborhoods can be created through smart planning, community dialogue, and by supporting street level activity that embraces creativity, context and connections. Our inspired place-making and retail leasing strategies result in more dynamic development projects, more valuable properties, and more vibrant neighborhoods.