TRESTLE STRATEGY GROUP is a community building consulting firm located in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in real estate strategy and entitlements, community engagement, owner’s representation, project management, needs assessment, and facilities planning. The firm oversees real estate development and construction projects from concept to completion, delivering impeccable project management, intelligent strategy, and smart solutions. We understand the intricacies of development and thrive in complex situations.  Our goal is to help you feel the same way – smart, informed, and successful. 

Our team is dedicated to executing your real estate objectives through customized, high touch project management services. Trestle acts as your strategic advisor and main point-of-coordination. This tightly integrated process promotes a very efficient exchange of information resulting in a seamless process that minimizes risk and conflict. Trestle navigates the complexities, while managing the project’s bottom line to achieve your vision.

We custom tailor our professional services and experienced sub-consultant teams to meet your specific project goals. We are successful at enlisting support and buy-in from a diverse set of stakeholders at all stages of a project.

For us, it is about more than just billable hours. We are devoted to each of our projects, providing individualized attention to each of our client groups and solving every challenge that occurs throughout the process. We are not just another fee consultant – we are your partner, strategist, implementer, and occasionally therapist, ultimately delivering your dream to you and your stakeholders.

Trestle brings decades of experience, knowledge, contacts, and a track record of success to all of our development and construction projects. Danica has been working in real estate planning and development for decades. We are creative problem solvers that enjoy a challenge. Understanding the big picture while remaining acutely aware of the details is how Trestle functions best. We become fully invested in all of our projects, so your success is our success.

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Founder and Owner

Danica Powell is an unparalleled expert at managing and entitling complex development and construction projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Danica has been implementing mid- to large-scale real estate development projects in the Denver/Boulder region since 2001.  Working as a consultant to private developers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies, Danica has a proven track record for directing and managing complex projects such as; negotiating and closing a 34-unit deal for Boulder Housing Partners using Low Income Tax Credits (LIHTC), acting as the owner’s representative on a $130 million redevelopment project in Boulder's Transit Village, finding solutions for the City of Boulder’s municipal and public safety space needs, and managing and entitling a 152-acre mixed-use community in Lakewood. Prior to consulting, she was the project director at Urban Frontier and was involved in projects totaling over 7 million square feet of commercial development and 3500 residential units.

She has built solid relationships across all facets of real estate development, including jurisdictions, consultants, and investment partners.  With experience in both the public and private sectors, Danica is especially skilled in detailed policy analysis, intricate coordination, and the balancing of interests and perspectives required throughout the public review process. She enjoys sharing her thoughts and experiences when speaking at large events including Month of Modern, Boulder Economic Summit, Housing Now Conference and others; and is happy to contribute in your urban development discussion. Click HERE to learn more about past public speaking events. 

Danica is an active member in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee, Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, and the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Board of Trustees. She recently served a 3-year term with the City of Boulder Planning Board. Her degree is in Sustainable Urban Systems from The University of California at Berkeley. 


Cole Meleyco joined Trestle as a Project Manager in September 2014. Cole is a recent graduate of The University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Development.  He has also earned a LEED Green Associate Certificate in July 2014.

Cole provides project administrative support, conducts research, writes memos, creates presentations, drafts development proposals, and coordinates project timelines. Cole's attention to detail and his strong organizational, analytical, and communication skills help support successful projects at Trestle Strategy Group. Cole's experience includes working for Beaver Creek Resort Properties in Beaver Creek, Colorado where he excelled at customer service and guest relations. He also has experience working for Zayo Group as a Real Estate Analyst Intern as well as Waste Management as a Zero-Waste and Business Sales Intern. 


Darvin Ayre came to Colorado in the early 80’s, working as a field instructor and program director for the Colorado Outward Bound School, before launching his own consultancy, AyreGroup in 1991. Since 2014, Darvin has been assisting Trestle with numerous community engagement and outreach projects. Darvin specializes in Change Acceleration, Leadership & Team Development, Strategic Formulation and developing innovative stakeholder engagement strategies for organizations and communities.

Recent work includes assisting executive leaders at Kaiser Permanente Health Plan in the development of a uniquely Kaiser performance improvement system, acting as thought partner with senior leaders at the Donnell- Kay Foundation on their ReSchool Colorado initiative (reimagining public education) and working with a variety of companies and non-profit organizations on strategy development, designing and facilitating organizational planning and developing alignment from frontline to executive levels in executing strategy.

Darvin is active as a board member with the Colorado Outward Bound School and the Outward Bound Services Group and is past chair of dZi Foundation- working with remote and underserved communities in Nepal. He has co-authored two books including: Facilitating Community Change and Trendbenders: Building Healthy & Vital Communities by Ayre, Clough, and Norris.

Darvin graduated from the University of Kansas, with a major in Developmental Psychology and minors in Sociology and American Studies.

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