Marco Sessa is Senior Vice President, Land Development/Residential for Sudberry Properties and Principal/Partner in charge of all aspects of the development of Civita, a 230-acre urban village, currently under development on the site of a former quarry in San Diego’s Mission Valley. Civita is planned for nearly 5,000 homes, 900,000 square feet of commercial, retail and office space, and 60 acres of parks and open space. The Civita plan achieved a “gold” certification in the United States Green Building Council’s LEED-ND program. Sessa is also responsible for Sudberry’s portfolio of apartment communities, including more than 900 luxury units in Civita and future communities in Oceanside and Scripps Ranch. Before joining Sudberry Properties in 2002, Sessa was associated with Reno Contracting, Inc., where he managed the construction operations of 670,000 square feet of build-to-suit office developments with a total construction cost of $94 million. Earlier in his career, he was a staff engineer for Aguirre Engineers, Inc., a Colorado geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing company. Sessa graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a Masters of Real Estate Development degree from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering (emphasis Construction Engineering Management) from the University of Colorado. Sessa was the 2013 Chairman of the San Diego Building Industry Association (BIA) and is a member of the BIA’s Urban Council. He is also a member of Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Housing Committee and Circulate San Diego. His civic involvement includes board memberships with the Mission Valley Planning Group and the Mission Valley YMCA.