About Us

Hudson McDonald Invests in the City of Berkeley

Hudson McDonald has been buying, building and investing in the City of Berkeley for more than 20 years. With a focus on high-quality architecture, environmental sustainability and a commitment to the community, Hudson McDonald has been involved in the entitlement, construction or acquisition of 15 projects comprising almost 800 units of housing and more than 100,000 square feet of commercial uses. Our projects include more than 120 below-market-rate housing units, new space for local nonprofit organizations, and the retention of long-time Berkeley businesses.

Our real estate practice includes new development and value-add acquisitions with an emphasis on renovation and restoration. All of our buildings are constructed or renovated to a high degree of energy and water efficiency, seismic safety and architectural quality. Our projects have received awards and recognition from design groups, real estate professionals, and environmental organizations. Our innovative projects have served as case studies for a variety of groups seeking to replicate our success.

In addition to our commitment to creating a better built environment, Hudson McDonald is also involved in civic activities and community organizations. The firm attempts to work with locally owned businesses whenever possible. In one recent project, more than 70% of the project costs were contracted to firms and organizations located in Berkeley and Oakland. The principals have sat on numerous nonprofit boards including the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Berkeley Association. They are involved in fundraising for local causes and are active participants in local politics. As long-time Berkeley residents and Cal grads, both principals share a strong commitment to enhancing and improving the city.

To learn more about our projects, please click here.

Hudson McDonald Property Management Inc.

In 2010, the partners formed our property management company and we currently manage more than 325 units in 6 projects. To learn more about our property management services, please click here.


Key Staff

Evan McDonald, Partner, CEO

Evan McDonald comes to real estate development from the field of architecture. As a design professional, Evan specialized in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. He participated in many significant historic preservations and reuse projects in both Massachusetts and California, including the renovation of the Berkeley Public Library and the Hearst Memorial Mining building on the University of California campus.

Evan is an expert builder and designer. He uses this expertise to ensure that every Hudson McDonald project realizes the highest degree of architectural quality and significance possible within its budget. Evan also has extensive experience in real estate finance.

Evan earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business in 2000 and both a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a California licensed real estate broker.

Christopher Hudson, Partner, CFO

Christopher Hudson has been involved in real estate development, finance and construction for more than 25 years. He has spent the last 20 years working exclusively in urban areas. During this period he has been involved in numerous affordable housing, economic revitalization, and market-income, mixed-use projects. Since 2000 he has focused solely on the Berkeley, CA market.

Chris is an expert at obtaining project entitlements and is thoroughly versed in California land-use law, the California Environmental Quality Act, and state affordable housing laws. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of project financing options including local, state and federal grants, tax credits, affordable housing bonds, and conventional debt and equity.

Chris has written numerous articles on infill and transit-oriented development and has spoken at a number of conventions and educational seminars. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and served as the Deputy Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He has a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Aurelia Marchetti, Property & Asset Manager

Aurelia Marchetti joined Hudson McDonald in 2012. Prior to directing our property management operations, Aurelia spent more than 10 years with Equity Residential and its predecessor. Aurelia manages all aspects of property management including marketing, leasing, maintenance and resident interaction.

Karyna Palacios, Leasing Associate & Assistant Property Manager

Our newest team member, Karyna, focuses on marketing, leasing and resident communications. Prior to joining Hudson McDonald, Karyna worked as an operations assistant for Service Corporation International.