Director of Development
Director of Operations + Strategy
Across Harrison’s experience living in a diversity of places (Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Hong Kong, rural Honduras, San Francisco), building real estate in several metropolitan centers (Nashville, Milwaukee, DC), and traveling to the world’s great cities, he has developed a nose for city evolution and a skill for turning innovative real estate ideas to reality. Born and raised in Charlotte by an avid outdoorsman and a real estate broker, he witnessed tracts of forests and farmland consumed by suburban sprawl. Years later, New Urbanism ideas led to his – and Space Craft’s – conviction that real estate can reverse this trend of sprawl and instead build places that promote health and joy, expand opportunity, and repair our natural systems.
Prior to founding Space Craft, Harrison (and an amazing team!) spent seven years developing sustainably built elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods, including the first Net Zero Energy charter school in the United States. He received a B.A. in Economics, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a Minor in Music from UNC Chapel Hill. He is an Eagle Scout and served in the Peace Corps in Honduras.
Inspired by great cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, John is motivated to create places that promote human flourishing. He enjoys urban cycling, and learning about cities as complex systems.
Prior to Space Craft, John was a financial consultant focused on impact investing and public-private partnerships. His past clients included government agencies, financial institutions and social enterprises. In partnership with Tideline Advisors, Third Sector Capital Partners, and SVT Group, John has supported a range of projects that include development finance, Pay for Success, local economic development and environmental restoration. John began his career as an investment banker at PNC Bank in New York. He earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science in Financial Engineering from Columbia University.
Director of Development
Anna is inspired by crafting multifaceted spaces that become go-to gathering spots and enhance the greater urban fabric of cities. Efficient and flexible designs, natural materials, and community-oriented master planning are some of her favorite things. She is also an avid motorcycle rider and enjoys any outdoor activity, especially skiing and hiking.
Prior to Space Craft, Anna spent three years in development with Juno Co and Related Companies, working on modular multifamily housing, Equinox Hotels, and Related-Atria Senior Living Facilities. Before that, she spent over four years in commercial real estate finance with Eastdil Secured Wells Fargo in New York City, where she completed an average of 33 transactions per year (over $15 billion in total deal volume). She received a B.A. in Journalism with an immersion in Business and Law from UNC Chapel Hill.
Living in Buenos Aires and Spain for several years convinced Josh that cities can be places built for people and community instead of cars and isolation. His appreciation for urbanism and sustainability has only grown since then. Besides learning about the ways that the law influences our shared spaces — through regulation, zoning, tax incentives, etc. — Josh also enjoys picking up a hammer on his own small-scale home renovation projects, reading science fiction, and playing music.
Before joining Space Craft, Josh was a partner at a boutique law firm based in Washington, D.C., where he advised business clients on privacy matters, in addition to regulatory and commercial matters more broadly. Prior to that, he was a commercial litigation associate at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco, after a federal clerkship in the Central District of California. Josh received his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law and graduated with Highest Distinction from UNC Chapel Hill. He is barred in both California and North Carolina.
Director of Operations + Strategy
As a one-time resident of Delhi, Berkeley, Berlin, San Francisco, and New York, Mohit is a staunch urbanist. His personal and professional experiences have inspired a commitment to shaping urban places for a wide variety of preferences and lifestyles. He is a voracious neighborhood explorer and an avid city biker.
Prior to Space Craft, Mohit led multiple initiatives at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city entity charged with creating jobs, building infrastructure, and leveraging city-owned land. Mohit worked across a wide variety of topics: real estate, land use, broadband, freight distribution, and more. One highlight of his tenure was working with partner agencies on a strategy to grow the transit-oriented commercial office market in Brooklyn and Queens. Mohit started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company after graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics.
Sarah has always been inspired by cities, initiated by growing up in Toronto and precipitated by visiting some of the world’s most interesting cities. She is intrigued by the intersection of the built environment and nature – and how they can positively influence one another. She believes that the cities of the future depend on sustainable, equitable, and innovative interventions that put an emphasis on the human-scale experience. Sarah is also a lover of nature and sports, especially tennis, golf, and (of course, as a Canadian) hockey.
Prior to Space Craft, Sarah worked on projects from conception to completion at several major architecture firms. Her experience includes large scale urban interventions, such as Sidewalk Toronto. She also served as a real estate project coordinator for CIBCSquare, a mixed-use development and transport hub in Toronto’s financial district. Sarah earned a Master of Architecture and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (IGCRE) from the University of California, Berkeley, after receiving a Bachelor of Environmental Design focused on Architecture and Urban Design at the University of British Columbia.
Brian brings a passion for placemaking and homebuilding that is best expressed via his emphasis on the details, from conceptual design to the delivery of new communities. When he is not sketching new thoughts or iterating through problem solving, he spends his time diving into outdoor activities with his family.
Brian is Principal and Founder of Rylake Consulting, creating value during the development, construction, and asset management process for development teams like Space Craft. Prior to Rylake, Brian accumulated extensive real estate experience across multifamily commercial office, retail, and hospitality. Most recently, he served as VP of Development for LMC, where he was responsible for executing multifamily and mixed-use real estate deals in the Carolinas. He spent ten years in the DC market, most notably as a Project Executive on high-rise condos and apartments valued over $1 billion for Kettler. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.
Our operating principles
It’s okay to be incrementally radical.
The kind of big change we deliver is, by necessity, incremental, but radical in its increments. We don't let the ideal stymie progress. Done is better than perfect most of the time.
Work in the real world.
If you can’t get the rent, you can’t build the building. Affordability, sustainable materials, and energy efficiency only matter if the project is completed.
We should always be a little uncomfortable.
We view our company with a long-time horizon and at a grand scale. We set ambitious goals and embrace the discomfort associated with pushing the boundaries on what is achievable.
Build with an opinion.
We would rather build a compelling neighborhood to serve a slice of potential customers than build undifferentiated housing to appeal to every possible resident. The goal is to recruit a passionate customer base that cares about playing their part towards a better society.
Get to yes.
As real estate developers, we can always play it safe by saying ‘no’. Instead, figure out when and how to say ‘yes.’
Develop a high locus of control.
Work with the belief that you have power over events and outcomes in your life. Instead of blaming setbacks on outside forces, be accountable for adjusting course and working out a solution.
Operate in your sphere of influence.
Avoid beating your head against unmovable walls. Focus your energy on what you can change, on your sphere of influence.
Solve problems systemically.
Relentlessly refine our business systems. Developing a systematized machine is the only way to accomplish outcomes and achieve impact at scale.
Question with humility.
We question first principles to challenge conventional wisdom but are willing to be wrong. We are constantly updating our world view in light of new evidence. This focus on learning means that the firm will evolve in ways that we can't predict yet.
Feedback is a gift.
Demand feedback from teammates and partners. When you get feedback, resist the urge to defend yourself and honor the gift by carefully considering it. When you’re giving feedback, be considerate, honest, and provide specific examples.
Learning is not optional.
New knowledge is required to blossom personally and professionally. There are no superman learners; set aside meaningful time blocks to read, listen to lectures, or engage in other creative ways to learn.
Invest in relationships.
We look to handshakes before contracts. Relationships and trust, built over time, are the best way to solve problems with our partners.
Be gracious to others.
We are humans and so are our partners. We treat each other and our partners with grace in good and bad times, in celebration and disagreement. This is not mutually exclusive to having high standards.
Lead from the trenches.
Set the standard for your team and your partners through your own conduct. If you’re not gracious and humorous and humble, don’t expect the architect, contractor, city official, banker, investor or broker to be either.
Critique with respect.
Creating is hard. Critiquing is easy. Be generous to the creators and deliver criticism with respect for their expertise.
Productive dissent is encouraged.
An effective decision is a judgment based on “dissenting opinions” rather than on “consensus of the facts.”
Diversity is not only right, but smart.
Diversity in our team is both a moral imperative and a requirement for our firm to perform at its best. Space Craft should reflect the diversity of the cities we operate in. (It doesn’t yet.)
Build on strengths.
Maximize the impact of your strengths, the strengths of your team, and the strengths of the situation. Concentrate on select areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results.
It’s about our shared work.
Your effort is best focused on our shared work of sustainable development. If the work becomes about your ego, your intellect, or your wealth, then our collective ability to successfully execute is undermined.
Grinding is shortsighted.
The research is clear: if you’re not taking care of your health, your decision-making, creativity and communication will suffer. Prioritize sleep, exercise, and mental breaks so you can be effective and happy over the long term.
We aspire to live full, well-rounded lives and do meaningful work at scale. Expansive perspectives enable creativity and make life more fun.
Emotional care matters.
The thing about running a human organization is that it’s full of humans. To attain sustainable impact, financial success, and personal fulfillment, we must care for each other emotionally.
The things that inspire us
We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully, nor for much longer, unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
We see a world of abundance, not limits. In the midst of a great deal of talk about reducing the human ecological footprint, we offer a different vision. What if humans designed products and systems that celebrate an abundance of human creativity, culture, and productivity? That are so intelligent and safe, our species leaves an ecological footprint to delight in, not lament?
All the fancy economic development strategies, such as developing a biomedical cluster, an aerospace cluster, or whatever the current economic development ‘flavor of the month’ might be, do not hold a candle to the power of a great walkable urban place.
Here’s where redesign begins in earnest, where we stop trying to be less bad and we start figuring out how to be good.
Urbanism leads to fewer miles driven… less air pollution, less carbon emissions…. less congestion, lower emissions, lower road construction and maintenance costs, and fewer auto accidents… lower health costs because of fewer accidents and cleaner air, which is reinforced by more walking, bicycling, and exercising, which in turn contributes to lower obesity rates. And more walking leads to more people on the streets, safer neighborhoods, and perhaps stronger communities. The feedback loops go on.