Los Angeles-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., an urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, recently revealed that Joel S. Marcus, executive chairman and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. and Alexandria Venture Investments, has been appointed to the Emily Krzyzewski Center board of directors, effective immediately.
Founded in 2006 by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, head coach of Duke Men’s Basketball, the Emily K Center is a non-profit organization that serves as a college access hub in Durham, North Carolina. The Center is dedicated to nurturing and empowering academically focused, low-income students on their path to college and beyond.
As a member of the Emily K Center board, Marcus will work with the Center’s executive director, Adam Eigenrauch, and its board of directors, including chair and founder Mike Krzyzewski, as well as Durham community members, to provide programmatic and philanthropic support and guidance.
“We are overjoyed Joel has joined the Emily K Center team,” said Eigenrauch. “Joel’s deep entrepreneurial and leadership experience will be a tremendous asset as we work to ensure the Center is able to continue preparing students for college while developing their character and leadership skills for years to come. We are extremely grateful for his dedication to Durham’s youth.”
“It is a great honor and privilege to join the Emily K Center board and to support the Center in its critical efforts to strengthen the future of Durham, where Alexandria has a significant presence in our Research Triangle Park innovation cluster,” said Marcus. “At Alexandria, we are committed to the long-term vitality of the communities in which we live and work. By providing underserved Durham students with educational resources and opportunities in an incredibly hands-on and impactful way, we are building up the community’s next generation of innovators and leaders.”
The leading owner, operator and developer of collaborative life science and technology campuses, Alexandria provides critical resources and expertise to leading non-profit organizations focused on preparing students for the 21st-century job market and beyond—in particular, the future life science and technology leaders critical to driving innovation that will be key to improving patient lives and ultimately solving disease.
Alexandria is engaged in improving the health and strength of each of its cluster communities through its philanthropic and volunteerism efforts. For example, Alexandria partnered with Computer Science for All (CS4All) in New York City to launch a 10-year initiative to bring computer science education to the city’s 1.1 million public school students. Through Alexandria’s long-term support of Breakthrough Greater Boston and its six-year, tuition-free program providing intensive, out-of-school services to low-income middle and high school students, the company is helping to change their academic trajectories and support them along the path to college.
In addition to supporting innovative non-profit organizations doing groundbreaking work to further STEM education and to serve critical needs of local communities in which it operates, Alexandria leverages its resources, people, network and expertise to support medical research, military support services and other unique philanthropic organizations aligned with the company’s mission to advance human health, overcome global hunger and improve the quality of people’s lives.