Noel A. Johnson

Noel has worked in commercial real estate since 2001 and brings experience in sourcing, capitalizing and building innovative, institutional-scale housing, office and retail developments.   Raised in Minnesota, Noel met his wife Lauren at Williams College.  They worked in San Francisco and Chile before returning to her home of Portland, Oregon.  Since then, Noel has focused on the Oregon & Washington markets and earned graduate degrees from both Portland State University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Noel began his career working at architectural and commercial appraisal firms. In 2005, he joined Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) where he managed mixed-use apartment and condominium projects from inception through stabilization and sale.  After Stanford, Noel reopened the Seattle office of Alliance Residential. As the local Managing Director, he grew firm staff, established office operations and expanded market presence while sourcing and managing multiple institutional joint ventures.

In early 2012, Noel returned to Portland and joined Killian Pacific.  As a Managing Director, Noel led firm development, finance and accounting teams through a time of leadership transition, expansion and diversification. He was one of the early leaders in the mass-timber movement, developing “Clay Creative”, “The Hudson” and “120 Clay” to attract millennial workforces, while providing product differentiation to investors. During Noel’s tenure, Killian was recognized as 2015 Development Firm of the Year, and won Office Development of the Year from the Portland Business Journal and NAIOP.

Noel has also focused on redevelopment of urban brownfields, using unique public-private indemnity structures to enable institutional-quality investments like the historic, adaptive re-use Viewpoint building, and the $140 million Goat Blocks project.

In joining Cairn Pacific, Noel reunites with old Trammell Crow colleagues, Rob Hinnen and Tom DiChiara.  Together with Scott Eaton, he shares the firm’s ethos of building quality, enduring projects that benefit both neighbors and investors.  

Noel spends his spare time skiing, biking and travelling. He supports Social Venture Partners and is on the board of contemporary art center, Yale Union.