MARK WALLACH:

As an avid rock climber for more than 40 years, Mark came to Boulder many times before he and his wife were able to move here. For them, Boulder was a unique city, surrounded by beautiful Open Space, and filled with passionate, committed citizens. They have never regretted that decision. Mark will strive to maintain the world-class system of our Open Space trails, as well as preserve its wildlife corridors and natural habitat that are under threat from rapid growth in the increasing number of visitors.

Mark has been involved in politics and public issues since he was young, including organizing in opposition to the Vietnam War, working on voter registration in Mississippi on behalf of Charles Evers (the first black man to run for state-wide office since Reconstruction), and working as a speechwriter for a U.S. Senator. His educational background consists of a BA from Yale University and a JD from Columbia University. The bulk of Mark’s professional career was spent as a private-sector real estate developer, in which he specialized in adaptive reuse projects – repurposing old commercial buildings into residences in historic landmark districts. As a result, none of the projects he worked on involved the demolition of existing buildings to be replaced by more modern ones, which is a more environmentally sound practice.

In Boulder, Mark has served as a member on the Advisory Committee to the City Council on Development-Related Impact Fees. As a result of that work, the Council ultimately raised the fees from $9.00 to $30.00 per square foot, raising additional resources for affordable housing. Mark will work hard on City Council for the implementation and expansion of affordable housing in Boulder. He remains keenly aware of the pressures for further growth and development, and will seek to balance those with the preservation of Boulder as a unique, small city.