Mark Gasta
Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry Specialization Lead • Senior Instructor

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Fall 2021 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays (via Zoom) 2:00-3:00pm or by appointment.

Mark Gasta is a faculty member in the Master of Science in the Outdoor Recreation Economy (MORE). Mark teaches future values-driven leaders to conduct business with ethical, environmental, social and economic initiatives.  Mark is passionate about developing leaders with the capacity to build sustainable organizations that create profit for shareholders while protecting the environment and improving the lives of those with whom they interact. Prior to joining MORE, Mark was a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business in the Division of Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Mark is also the Founder of Adventures in Leading, a leadership-team-culture development group that works to connect leaders and teams with their purpose and potential. 

Previously, Mark served as an Associate Professor in the Masters of Tourism Management (MTM) Program and Program Director of the Adventure Tourism graduate certificate, Colorado State University. 

Prior to joining academia, Mark was Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, and Chief Sustainability Officer for Vail Resorts Management Company, the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. In this position, Mark was responsible for planning and executing on organization-wide people and sustainability strategies designed to increase organization effectiveness and enhance organizational performance and health.

Before Vail Resorts, Mark served as the Corporate Vice President of Organizational Development for Comcast Communications’ 90,000 employees. He also served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast’s West Division.  Additionally, Mark has held various human resources management positions with AT&T Broadband, Lexis-Nexis and Target Corporation. He also served in the United States Army as a commissioned officer and aviator.

Mark is an active member of several professional associations including Human Resource People and Strategy, the Organizational Development Network, and the Academy of Management. Mark has served on many non-profit boards including the Colorado Outward Bound School, Leave No Trace and the Urban League.

Mark received his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University.

Mark and his family live in Boulder, Colorado where they enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle.