David Gelfond

The Meridian Group


Job Functions: Executive, Development, Research & Strategy


David is President and Co-founder of Meridian and is responsible for the overall management and corporate strategy of the firm. He is a member of the Investment Committee and leads Meridian’s development team. With over 35 years of experience, David began his career in 1979 in the real estate investment department at Prudential Insurance Company and worked in its Washington, DC office for 4 years. He then managed the development of 3.5 million square feet of office for the Peterson Companies, a major Washington, DC developer, for 8 years. Prior to forming Meridian in 1993, David was Managing Director of the REO division at Riggs National Bank in Washington for 2 years where he managed and sold a $250 million real estate portfolio. David has managed the development of over 10 million square feet in his career. David received his B.A. from Centre College and M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He served on the board of trustees and executive committee of the Darden Foundation for 6 years and served on the board of directors and executive committee of the University of Virginia Foundation for 6 years. In addition, David is a former president and chair of the board of a non-profit land conservation organization. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and NAIOP. David was recognized as an honoree of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Youth in Real Estate Luncheon in 2018.

Areas of Interest

Risk Profile
Deal Type
Acquisition, Development, Ground Lease, Loan Purchase, Opportunity Zone, Partner Buyout, Pre-Development, Recapitalization, Refinance, Rehabilitation
Property Type