A member of the Government Solutions practice group, Matt Johnston has well over a decade of experience assisting clients with complex real estate transactions. Matt’s career has focused largely on transactions with the General Services Administration and other federal, state and local agencies, including leases, acquisitions and dispositions, and property exchange transactions. Matt has extensive experience with financing build-to-suit projects for governmental tenants and a deep understanding of the issues unique to purchases and sales of properties leased to government agencies.
Prior to joining Colliers International, Matt practiced for ten years as a real estate attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP. In addition to government real estate, Matt maintained a broad-based transactional practice, focusing on the financing, acquisition, development, leasing, and disposition of commercial real estate. Matt also counseled owners and tenants in all phases of the design and construction process.
Matt graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and subsequently earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
One of the founding partners of the Government Solutions practice group, Charles Dilks has more than 23 years of commercial real estate experience. Charles began his career as an analyst and research associate and brings an analytical and strategic approach to government real estate transactions.
Drawing on his technical real estate background, Charles has specialized in representing institutional owners in complex government transactions. He has represented landlords such as Brookfield Office Properties, AEW, JP Morgan Asset Management, Carr Properties, Beacon Capital Partners, MRP Realty, Lowe Enterprises and Rockpoint Group. Charles has represented many of these clients for more than a decade and, in some cases, in multiple markets. As a result of these enduring relationships, Charles has negotiated government leases across the United States, in cities as large as Los Angeles and as small as Aberdeen, South Dakota. He has brokered complicated federal government leases with agencies such as Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Prior to joining Colliers International, Charles was Senior Vice President of the Government Services Group at Grubb & Ellis Company. Charles also has extensive experience in tenant representation for clients including The Boeing Company and IBM.
Charles began his career as Research Associate for The Council for Urban Economic Development. During this time, he authored an 180-page EPA-funded training manual to teach economic development practitioners and real estate professionals how to clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, or "brownfields." Charles also advised the City of Wilmington, Delaware, on the feasibility and economic impact of a sports arena. He has authored numerous economic outlook and real estate forecasting reports based on analysis of employment statistics, economic indicators, and proprietary real estate databases. Charles is Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bates College.
Keith Lavey brings 20 years of commercial and government real estate experience. This includes managing several multi-market accounts for both institutional landlord and federal government clients, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Landlord clients include Brookfield, LBA Realty, Brandywine Realty Trust and JBG Smith.
Before joining Colliers International, Mr. Lavey was Senior Vice President of the Government Services Group at Grubb & Ellis. Keith was the primary point of contact for Grubb & Ellis’ GSA Schedule Contract and managed federal accounts involving research and transactions work across the United States. He began his career in the field of commercial real estate research with Smithy Braedon, a boutique brokerage firm in Washington, DC. Keith is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Vice President
Jarrett brings more than 15 years of commercial real estate experience to the Government Solutions practice group, offering transaction and Federal procurement policy expertise to tenants and landlords in the public and private sector. Jarrett has completed over $1.3 billion in federal leasing transactions, totaling approximately 2.8 million square feet of space with a variety of Federal government agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, Securities Exchange Commission, United States Secret Service, and U.S. Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Jarrett also has an extensive background in investment sales and has participated in approximately $11 billion of investment sale transactions across all property types including office, multifamily, hospitality, senior living, and retail.
Prior to joining Colliers International, Jarrett was a Senior Associate with CB Richard Ellis’ Global Corporate Services team in Washington, where he worked on the national broker contract for the General Services Administration (GSA) and the national real estate services contract for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Jarrett served as a primary liaison to GSA Management, Contracting Officers, Realty Specialists and General Counsel.
Jarrett was also a Vice President for Eastdil Secured, participating in $11 billion of investment sale transactions and as a company lead on the firm’s FDIC account assisting the Agency with bank valuation. Prior experience includes project management at Monument Realty in Washington, D.C., and as the Director of Acquisitions for DT Ventures Real Estate Investments in Los Angeles, CA.
Jarrett began his career in the financial services industry working with Strategic Fixed Income, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Company, and Morgan Stanley.
Assistant Vice President
Victoria Abbasi represents institutional owners across the United States in a variety of government real estate transactions and consulting assignments largely involving the General Services Administration (GSA). With over eight years of experience, Victoria specializes in preparing offers for submission through GSA's Lease Offer Platform: Automated Advanced Acquisition Platform (AAAP) and Requirement Specific Acquisition Platform (RSAP).
Victoria began her career with the Government Solutions team as the Marketing Coordinator. She was a recipient of the Service Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals who consistently create memorable outcomes for their clients and colleagues. In 2021, she was recognized by Commercial Real Estate Women Washington D.C. (CREW DC) as an Emerging Leader. She is heavily involved in the commercial real estate industry, including mentoring young professionals and currently serves on the CREW DC Board of Directors as Secretary.
Client Service Coordinator
Cecilia Kane joined the Government Solutions practice group as a Client Services Coordinator in April 2021. While her primary responsibilities originally included marketing initiatives, database management, and administrative tasks, she has since grown in her role to also assist with the early stages of the General Services Administration (GSA) procurement and transaction process. Supporting a team of five brokers with a diversity of client relationships, federal agency experience, and market expertise, Cecilia has also developed exceptional communication, organizational, and prioritization skills.
Prior to joining Colliers, Cecilia served as an Environmental Communications Specialist at the environmental consulting firm Eastern Research Group, where she supported their federal contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Cecilia is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Geography and Spanish.