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Margaret M. McCauley, Principal

Kelly Kost, Retail Strategist

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Margaret McCauley has been at the forefront of the urban retail industry since her days working with legendary retail developer and real estate visionary Jim Rouse.  She draws on her deep experience and the resources and perspectives of retailers, private developers, corporations, urban planners, and design professionals to help clients successfully transform their downtowns into dynamic environments that serve the needs of residents, professionals, and visitors.  

Among other appointments, McCauley has served on the Board of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and of the Woodrow Wilson House presidential museum.  She is Chair of the American Institute of Architecture's Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Advisory Group and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

A member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), McCauley was part of a team of experts tapped to develop the "Ten Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail."  She is frequently invited to share her perspective on urban retail best practices at universities, professional conferences, and with public and private development corporations. 

Kelly Kost has more than fifteen years of entrepreneurial experience in retail and restaurant environments.   She helped launch and manage a collection of boutique retail stores, training staff in buying, merchandising, service and marketing, and she was a partner in a restaurant in Portland, Oregon that garnered regional and national acclaim. 

Kost also worked for a major philanthropy focused on social and enterprise development.  She conducted research and assessed opportunities to build the foundation's international program strategy, helped form partnerships with organizations and institutions to advance its work in Oregon, and directed the organization's communications efforts, securing national and international media coverage. 

Kost serves on the Board of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and is an associate member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  She has served as a judge for Retail Traffic magazine's Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging (SADI) awards, and in 2015 participated on the ULI's Technical Assistance Panel focused on TOD in Seattle's U-District.  Kost earned a B.A. degree in Communications and a minor in Spanish from Washington State University. 

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east coast office


8238 Germantown Avenue  

Philadelphia, PA 19118

Ph. (267)549-7528


west coast office


521 Stadium Place S. Suite 2316

Seattle, WA  98104

Ph. (206)708-1640

Midge McCauley, Principal

Midge@Dtownworks.com


Kelly Kost, Retail Strategist

Kelly@Dtownworks.com