George Marcus

Founder and chairman of The Marcus & Millichap Company
SF State alumnus

“I am grateful for my San Francisco State education. I want to help the University become even more distinguished than it already is.”

Eager to become involved in the world of business, George Marcus earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from SF State in 21⁄2 years. The son of an immigrant family from Greece, George was an outstanding first-generation college student filled with ambition. SF State faculty helped energize and motivate him.

Just four years out of college, George started the housing development, investment and brokerage firm that would become Marcus and Millichap, now with offices in 39 states. His dream of success would be realized.

George and his wife Judy, also an SF State graduate, made a major gift to establish the International Center for the Arts at SF State. Other generous gifts have supported the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Cinema Department, the Documentary Film Institute, student scholarship funds, and most recently, an endowed chair in social justic in honor of President Emeritus Robert A. Corrigan. Within the City and Bay Area the Marcus family has also made significant contributions to the arts and public health.

Business benefits most from public higher education, George says, because so many working professionals are educated at public universities. As a graduate of SF State, George believes strongly in supporting public higher education.