Our team draws on deep experience and diverse knowledge to give project owners an advantage at any stage.

From All Angles

As experts in our respective disciplines, we bring several views of the project to the table allowing us to identify hidden risks and opportunities.

Our backgrounds let us speak the language of all the stakeholders, so communication in both directions is clear. Acting as a centralized point of contact for all parties, we advance the owner’s goals with every interaction.

Where the Minds Meet

Russ Robertson

Managing Member

Management Innovator
Financial Modeler
Strategic Planner
Mixed-use Developer

As the managing member of Cap Ex Advisory Group, Russ guides business and real estate owners through a myriad of financial, environmental, and market risks that confront the acquisition, ownership, construction, and development process. Russ bundles a unique combination of aesthetic training and analytical rigor, a pecuniary advantage to any owner’s decision-making process. Additionally, he is a LEED Accredited Professional, a registered architect, an MBA recipient from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a leader of several efforts to improve the built environment.

MBA [Wharton]
B-ARCH [Virginia Tech]

Cailin McGough


Project Manager
Grant & Tax Credit Specialist
Government & Community Liaison

With more than 15 years of experience in community development, Cailin brings a unique perspective to managing capital projects. Her knowledge of neighborhoods and the inner workings of city government is an asset to any client needing an insider’s perspective on jurisdictional support. With a background in journalism and public policy, she works with Cap Ex clients to identify funding sources and craft narratives that compel capital to support projects with great missions. Cailin joins Cap Ex from the nonprofit American Communities Trust, where she secured grants and tax credits to advance an adaptive reuse project focused on job creation in the food sector. Her work includes community impact assessments of capital projects funded with New Markets Tax Credits. Previously, she analyzed economic development issues in the Office of the Baltimore City Council President. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and earned a BS in communications and political science from Towson University. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.

M.A. Public Policy [Johns Hopkins]
Economic Development Finance Professional Certification [National Development Council] (in progress)

Jonah Hanowitz


Venture Capital Expert
Nonprofit Advisor
Waterfront Environment Specialist

Jonah leverages his background in venture capital, nonprofit consulting, entrepreneurship and operations to bring a creative and nontraditional lens to capital project management. He specializes in preparing for the uncertain and meeting unforeseen challenges with structure and measure. Jonah holds an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis. Prior to joining Cap Ex, Jonah helped launch Catalyst for Good, an incubator providing technical assistance and resources to nonprofit organizations. He manages due-diligence operations for the seed-stage venture capital group Seedfunders, and has managed opportunity zone development projects on behalf of individual investors along Florida’s Gulf Coast. In a previous career, Jonah spent more than a decade at sea aboard ship docking tugboats. He is a licensed USCG 1600 Gross Ton Master. Jonah combines knowledge of critical operational structures with an ability to navigate unknowns inherent in venture funding and startups. He employs this perspective to mitigate volatility across the life span of complex capital projects.

MBA [Olin]
BS Marine Transportation [Maine Maritime]
AAS Marine Composites Manufacturing [Honolulu Community College]

Salem Reiner


Economic and Community Development Expert
Anchor Institution Practitioner
Strategic Consensus Builder

For over 30 years, Salem has prepared and managed policies, programs and projects driving at advancing mission focused economic and community development outcomes, and anchor institution initiatives. He provides tactical advice to leadership across higher education, community development corporations and other nonprofits, government, and to developers undertaking complex capital projects. Most recently, Salem spent nearly 20 years at Johns Hopkins University, including seven years in the office of the president, where he co-led the establishment and implementation of a $1B anchor institution strategy and managed community relations for five campuses.

MA Government Affairs [University of Pennsylvania, Fells Center of Government]
BS Sociology [St. Lawrence University]

Adam Tawney

Senior Associate

Design & Construction Insider
Code Guru
Permit Navigator

Adam practiced architecture for nearly two decades before joining Cap Ex Advisory Group. He has led the budgeting, design and construction of a diverse range of project types including restaurant, hotel, club, commercial, office, multifamily, laboratory, and residential. With a focus on urban environments, Adam has successfully completed work in new construction, renovation, and historic preservation while managing community engagement and securing jurisdictional approvals. His insight into building codes and regulations has helped clients navigate bureaucratic, environmental, and historic restrictions which would have otherwise halted the work. After identifying the right consultants and contractors for a particular job, he enjoys working closely with the team to maintain the project goals, schedule, and budget. A background in Construction and Real Estate Development contribute to his wide knowledge of the industry, which he uses to guide projects from conception to completion.

Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development [Woodbury University]
Bachelor of Architecture [Virginia Tech]

With Cap Ex Advisory Group as their advocate, our clients make informed, timely decisions with confidence, knowing the final results will meet their objectives and support the missions of their organizations.

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