Founder, Real Leaders
Mark Van Ness founded Real Leaders Media in 2010, with the mission of inspiring better leaders for a better world. He is a pioneer in impact investing, an advocate for gender-balanced leadership and has founded several leadership networks promoting business as a force for good. In the Bay Area, he invested in the first Impact Hubs in North America and the SOCAP conferences, where money meets meaning.
At the age of 30 he founded SVN and has grown it to become one of the top 10 brands in commercial real estate globally. Mark is also an active member of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and serves on the Board of Impact Assets (Formerly part of Calvert Foundation). Mark splits his time between St. John, USVI and Sunriver, Oregon with his spouse, Julie, their Labrador retriever, and enjoys visits from 4 grown kids, family and friends.