Jodie W. McLean is President and Chief Investment Officer of EDENS. For 20 years, she has been a key player in the company’s growth and expansion to its current marketplace leadership, capitalized by blue chip investors and assets valued at $4 billion.
McLean has been responsible for EDENS’ strategy to move the portfolio to major urban centers and create a portfolio of assets that are the center of community life. She was named Chief Investment Officer in 1997, and in 2002 she was named President. Overall, she has been responsible for the development, redevelopment, acquisition and disposition of more than $8.5 billion in retail assets.
McLean passionately believes that retail should evolve beyond a shopping experience, and she advocates connectivity to the communities surrounding the company’s retail centers. To ensure this, each EDENS development is created as an authentic gathering place for a local community, including a unique merchandising mix and welcoming design elements, helping to foster a sense of engagement with its neighbors. Sustainability is another one of McLean’s great passions, and she has implemented far-reaching green building practices and recommendations, both internally and externally, ensuring the company’s environmental impact is minimal. McLean also realizes the impact that the company’s grocer anchors and restaurant mix has on local food supplies, and she has worked diligently to offer fresh, locally-sourced nutritional options for the communities served by EDENS.
A native of Chicago, IL, McLean holds a B.S. in Finance and Management from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and a degree from South Carolina Honors College. She serves on the George Washington University School of Business – Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis Board of Advisors, the South Carolina Honors College Partnership board, as well as boards of several other institutions and charities. McLean is a member of the Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute) Class of 2009. In 2007 she received the South Carolina Honors College Distinguished Alumna award.