Co-Founder & Chair
Mark Edlen is internationally recognized for his expertise and success in creating sustainable communities in mixed-use commercial, residential, educational, and retail developments. Gerding Edlen is a company that is grounded in a socially responsible approach to real estate investment, with the belief that the path to preserving natural resources leads directly to a new urban reality; where transformative buildings and vibrant communities deliver investment quality assets to foster prosperity. In his words, cities are the solution for a growing population.
Since 1996, when Mark Edlen co-founded the firm with Bob Gerding, who passed away in 2009, the firm has developed more than 60 green projects totaling nearly $5 Billion in real estate value throughout the Western United States. With more LEED certified buildings than any other private developer in the world and the originator of the 20-minute living concept, Gerding Edlen is guided by an approach—a set of criteria they have developed called Principles of Place—where community plays a pivotal role alongside design and technology in the success of their projects.
Committed to developing buildings that attain net-zero energy use within the next three years—Mark Edlen embraces this fundamental philosophy of community that integrates neighborhoods, educational institutions and builds strong business, government and community partnerships.
Mark received his B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon.