Margaret M. McCauley, Principal

Kelly Kost, Retail Strategist


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 teamed up with Midge McCauley in 2008.  More than fifteen years as an owner and operator of commercial operations gave her firsthand experience of what it takes to make stores and restaurants successful.   

Kost also worked for a U.S.-based philanthropy focused on social and enterprise development.  She conducted research and assessed opportunities to build the organization’s international program strategy, helped form partnerships with other philanthropies, with non-profits, and with institutions to advance its work in Oregon, and directed communications efforts, securing national and international media coverage. 

Kost is a member of the International Downtown Association, and served on its Board from 2011 to 2017.  She is a member of the Downtown Seattle Association and has contributed to a variety of its task forces, and is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.  She has served as a judge for Retail Traffic magazine's Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging (SADI) awards, and 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. 


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

Kelly Kost, Retail Strategist