Ascent’s program management excellence and best practices are rooted in the legacy experience of our leadership. Our President and COO have collectively delivered $30+ billion in transformational capital programs and projects for public and private institutions in education, healthcare, research, financial services, performing arts, sports, government as well as museums, utility providers and other major corporations.
Leif has dedicated his career to guiding boards and C-level executives through some of the most iconic, transformative and challenging moments in history of their organizations, as well as their careers.
In the last the 35 years, he has helped his clients deliver more than $25 billion in building and infrastructure programs. Widely regarded by clients, architects, engineers and construction companies as an expert in program management. Leif knows that program management is key for leaders undertaking transformational capital expansion programs that exceed the capacity of internal facilities teams.
Known for his intensity, professionalism and facilitation expertise, Leif leads teams that provide the structure, momentum and accountability that enable clients to make informed decisions through all phases of a capital building program. He knows when to lead, knows when to listen, and draw upon best practices from his experience to deliver custom solutions.
Leif has a passion for building industry-leading program and project management firms. Prior to launching Ascent, Leif worked for leading program management companies across globe and built Rise - a firm repeatedly ranked by ENR as one of the top U.S. program management companies.
Mark has built a career out of his passion for helping clients solve complex programs that transform organizations and communities. Over the past 23 years, he has planned and delivered more than $10 billion in large-scale programs for his clients.
Mark helps clients define and launch programs, providing a strong focus on transformational outcomes. His expertise includes developing and leading integrated client and professional teams that drive high-performing change, program and project management, and ultimately successful business outcomes.
Known for his capacity to assess complex environments and assimilate information, Mark brings a clarity of purpose that drives client programs to success. He expertly helps carve out the path between challenges and solutions, and provides the program leadership and teams necessary to help clients realize their ambitions.
Prior to launching Ascent, Mark worked across the US and UK leading transformative programs both as a public employee and working for leading program management companies.