Community Leadership

Leaving a positive mark on Portland

Lots of companies talk a good game of checkbook philanthropy. But at Melvin Mark Companies, giving back means truly giving back — to the people we serve and the community we call home.

It all started with founder Pete Mark’s involvement in downtown and his all-hands-on-deck commitment to making Portland a vibrant place for businesses, residents and visitors alike. Today, his legacy of contributing time and resources is stronger than ever. Being invested in the health and well-being of our community starts with financial support of nonprofits that work to improve life for all Portlanders — from social services to the environment to the arts. We serve on the boards of local nonprofit organizations. We are active in our local United Way and are one of just a handful of companies with 100 percent employee participation for 35 straight years. From the newest staff member to the most seasoned broker, employees throughout the Melvin Mark Companies participate in personal and professional volunteer projects city-wide.

We take our civic affairs seriously, too. When it comes to shaping growth and quality of life in our city, our team is hands-on. Countless staffers have served as board president, as well as board and committee members, with BOMA Oregon. We’ve served on the Portland Business Alliance board, and we’re proud that our own CEO is also PBA’s incoming 2017 board president. We’ve chaired the Portland Streetcar board, Portland Development Commission, and were instrumental in helping lead purposeful growth in the tech corridor via the Sunset Corridor Association (now Westside Economic Alliance).

In short, we believe in putting our money — along with our resources, sweat equity and thought leadership — where our heart is, right here in Portland.