The Colorado Forum was established in 1978 to create an informed, objective voice on critical public policy issues facing the state.  Our 77 members are recognized leaders in the business, education, health care, media, legal, real estate, agriculture, financial, energy, consulting, tourism, construction, and non-profit communities and represent disparate parts of the state.  Forum membership is politically diverse; we are a nonpartisan organization that operates by 100% consensus. Read More.



WATCH: Our members discuss their experiences with The Colorado Forum here.


Mark L. Smith

Founding Principal, Slifer Smith and Frampton

Mark Smith is a founding principal of Slifer Smith and Frampton, and was a founding principal of both East West Partners and Union Station Neighborhood Company.

Mark has over 48 years experience in real estate development, sales and marketing. A native of Denver, Colorado, Mark holds an undergraduate degree in real estate and a master’s degree in management. 

Mark was the founder of the Youth Foundation (now Youth Power 365), Platte Forum, and the Riverfront Park Community Foundation. Current board affiliations include the Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado Forum, First Western Financial, the Riverfront Park Community Foundation, and Slifer Smith and Frampton Foundation, and Chief Executives Organization (CEO). Mark has also served as chairman of the Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, the Bravo Colorado Vail Valley Music Festival, the Central Platte Valley Metropolitan District, the Downtown Denver Youth Foundation, and as a director of numerous organizations including the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, Denver Union Station Project Authority, Denver Public Schools Foundation, YPO Rocky Mountain Chapter, Teach for America Colorado, Urban Land Conservancy, Colorado Succeeds, Colorado Trust Bank, Northern Trust Bank of Colorado, Mayor’s Leadership Team on Early Education, Downtown Denver Partnership, Greenway Foundation, South Platte River Commission, University of Colorado Denver Advisory Board, Colorado Uplift, and the Charter Fund.

Mark was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2001, received the first ever Friend of the River award from the Greenway Foundation in 2011, and received the Colorado Business Magazine CEO of the Year award in 2014.  He has also been acknowledged for his leadership and vision in master planning and development of both Riverfront Park and Union Station in Denver. Both communities were recipients of the Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence.

Mark resides in downtown Denver, Colorado and in Montecito, California.