Gerding Edlen Development is recognized for the firm’s expertise and success in creating sustainable communities in mixed-use commercial, residential, educational and retail developments. As co-founder and CEO of Gerding Edlen, Mark leads 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 co-founded the firm with his good friend Bob Gerding, who passed away in 2009, the firm has developed more than 60 green projects totaling in excess of $5 billion in real estate value throughout the western United States and more recently in Boston and Chicago. With more LEED-certified buildings than any other private developer in the world and as 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, Mark embraces this fundamental philosophy of community that integrates neighborhoods and educational institutions and builds strong business, government and community partnerships.
Mark was raised in Portland, graduated from Sunset High School, earned his Bachelor of Science degree and MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon and resides in Portland with his wife Ann who is very active in various philanthropic endeavors. His three grown children and their families also reside in Portland.
Mark was appointed to a three-year term on the Prosper Portland Board on October 1, 2014.