Mark Riley founded in 2000 Urban Realty Partners, an Atlanta-based real estate development organization that creates mixed-use developments. He began his career as a real estate attorney at King & Spalding and later joined Trammell Crow Residential and Cousins Properties. He is director of the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, which focuses on improving educational options in Atlanta. He served on the Atlanta Board of Education from 2000 to 2009. He is a member of the Atlanta District Council of the Urban Land Institute and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Riley holds a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.