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Mark Scarola
Real Estate with a Social Impact
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In May 2023, I graduated from the University of San Diego with a Master's degree in Real Estate. I also have a Master's degree in Social Work. With these degrees, I hope to secure full-time employment in the field of commercial real estate, ideally with a company that has a social agenda or philanthropic component.

I'm currently working a temporary position with a nonprofit affordable housing developer.

While I'm open to a variety of positions, my primary interests are in development, real estate funds and syndications, investor relations and marketing, and asset management. I'm also particularly interested in middle income housing.

Ideally, I would like to remain in the San Diego region.

Read a research report I wrote about what the missing middle is and how middle-class wage earners are often squeezed out of affordable housing options.

I've lived in seven states and three time zones. Can you guess how many states I've traveled to? Click here for the answer. 

Professional Accomplishments

Presented real estate development plans to City Council members and the public.

Established a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a focus on emotional well-being and community service.

Raised $1.2 million from private investors through two private placement funds (Reg D and Reg A+ syndications).

Organized a cultural sensitivity training emphasizing institutional racism, white privilege, and prejudice.

Designed a community resource workshop for the Latino population of Greater Boston.

Negotiated conflict between an executive and project architect who refused to work together.

Created a new real estate investment networking and education group of over 100 members.

Presented investment opportunities at nationwide real estate conferences.

Assumed leadership role in and developed strong presentation skills.

Received CoStar certification in December 2022

Presented on feasibility of a 22.5 acre multi-use project at
Naval Base Point Loma (NAVWAR) for a class project

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Master's of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) from the University of San Diego

GPA: 4.0

Smith College

Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Smith College School for Social Work


Syracuse University

Bachelors of Arts

in Psychology from

Syracuse University

GPA: 3.9

Educational Highlights
  • 4.0 GPA at The University of San Diego

  • 3.9 GPA at Syracuse University

  • Selected as Senior Class Marshall (similar to valedictorian)

  • Completed two theses

  • Member of the Honor's Program

  • Elected to Dean's List four years straight

  • Elected Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year

  • Gave a commencement speech to approximately 5000 people


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