Uniting People and Places with Purpose

Mission & Vision

MotiveSpace is a nonprofit real estate developer specializing in creating affordable and vibrant commercial spaces. Based in Portland, Oregon, MotiveSpace provides nonprofits and qualified organizations with design, construction, and facilities support services. MotiveSpace believes that real estate can be a powerful tool to support mission-driven causes, and to unite people, place, and purpose.

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The BARN NONPROFIT CENTER, MotiveSpace’s sponsored project


Open Signal


Design-build renovation for 13,500 square foot facility with studios, offices and meeting spaces.

Rosewood Community Center

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6,500 square foot community center with café, lounge, music studio, bike shop and large event space, for market value over $400,000.

Portland Community Media


13,500 square foot Facility Renovation Planning and Architectural Design, RFP management

College Housing Northwest


Portfolio Consultation, Expansion Planning, Pro forma Modeling, Pre-Development Planning

Muslim Educational Trust

Muslim Educational Trust

Pre-development planning, Owners Representative Services including sourcing project debt and equity

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East


4,200 square foot Office Remodel, Architectural Services, RFP Management

Pixel Arts Game Education


Pre-development Planning for 6,000 square foot co-working space focusing on game education

Barn Nonprofit Center Development


45,000 square foot nonprofit collocation project being led by MotiveSpace. Conversion of entire building to nonprofit occupancy by late 2018. MotiveSpace’s “flagship” project.

Adelante Mujeres


Space Planning Services for relocation/consolidation of three sites into one

Mother Earth Environmental School


Development Opportunity Analysis, Relocation Planning and Pro-forma modeling



Board Chair Alan Brickley

Alan has over 40 years of experience as a real estate attorney in the Portland Metropolitan area. He received his JD from Northeastern College of Law…


Executive Director Sara Garrett

Sara is an architect and developer with a background in a variety of diverse projects. Sara received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Physics…

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Director CB Wright

CB’s nonprofit interests grew from a career in hospitality and contract furnishings’ marketing and sales. CB was co-founder of the nonprofit Philanthropy by Design…

Bill Crawford

Project Admin Bill Crawford

Bill supports MotiveSpace programs and clients, helping to connect the many people and partners fueling the organization’s diverse project teams…

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Director Vega Tom

Vega has worked in small business and non-profit finance, accounting and human resources for twelve years. Making her start as a construction…

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Director Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks, JD, LL.M.  Mr. Brooks has over 25 years’ experience providing structured finance, operations, management and strategic consulting…

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Director Jim Newcomer

Dr. Newcomer holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University, as well as Masters’ degrees in Organizational Development…

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Director Michael Menzies

Michael Menzies is a certified financial and investment advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc. Michael specializes in risk mitigation and long term financial…


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