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)

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]

Hal Hart


Design Professional
Facilities Master Planner
Education Specialist

Hal practiced architecture for over 30 years before joining Cap Ex Advisory Group. He believes in a collaborative planning and design approach that effectively communicates with all project stakeholders, helping to shape both the vision and ultimate success of the projects he has completed.  In addition to having diverse experience in renovations, historic renovations, and new construction, Hal has completed facility master plans and feasibility studies and has worked with clients in the development of capital improvement and deferred maintenance plans. Hal focused a large part of his career on educational facility planning, design and construction and has worked closely with school districts and communities to enhance the learning environment for students and teachers, creating healthy, vibrant, and community-centered schools. With over thirty years of experience navigating projects from initial master planning through construction, Hal has extensive knowledge of the design and construction process and understands the dynamics that are involved in delivering an impactful and successful project. In addition to being a member of the American Institute of Architects, Hal is an Accredited Learning Environment Professional (ALEP), with the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and is a Certified Design-Build Professional with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

Bachelor of Architecture [Drexel University]

Harriett Roberts


Construction Management
Community Advocate
Design and Artistic Coordination
Problem Solver

For almost 30 years, Harriett has worked as a construction manager and in a consultant capacity as an owner’s representative for local nonprofits, foundations, and arts institutions. Her career foundation is unique, having worked previously as a Child Life Specialist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC focusing on art therapy and subsequently moving to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art to study design and architecture. Harriett nurtures partnerships, encourages volunteerism, creates change working with teams who make an impact in our communities, and builds meaningful and lasting projects in a thriving urban environment. Through her carefully crafted style and approach to meet the needs of every client and clientele, Harriett has led diverse teams who built senior, transitional, and low-income housing, educational spaces, places of worship, historic landmarks, personal homes, and arts institutions. Her experience includes new construction projects, renovation, and rehabilitation work with an emphasis on smart design, environmental and social consciousness, inclusive labor participation, and architectural beauty.

BA Psychology and Art History [Hamilton College]
Interior Design and Architecture [Maryland Institute College of Art]
Project Management, Sitework, Estimating, and Building Construction [Catonsville Community College]

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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