Co-Founder & Chairman
Mark Edlen is Co-Founder and Chairman of Gerding Edlen and is a member of the firm's Investment Committee. He is recognized for his expertise and success in creating sustainable communities in mixed-use commercial, residential, educational and retail developments. For 20 years, Mark led the firm’s vision and growth with the belief that the path to preserving the environment leads directly to a new urban reality, where transformative buildings and quality assets foster communities. In his words, cities are the solution for a growing population.
Since 1996, when Mark co-founded the firm with his good friend, Bob Gerding, who died in 2009, Gerding Edlen has grown into a leader of sustainable real estate investment, developing and owning more than 75 LEED certified buildings throughout the Western United States, Boston and Chicago. Gerding Edlen originated the 20-minute living concept and established a set of criteria called Principles of Place—where community plays a pivotal role alongside design and technology in the success of their properties.
Mark is a member of the Board of Directors for Ecotrust, as well as a trustee for The Bullitt Foundation. He also serves on the Portland Development Commission.
Mark earned a BS degree and MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon.