At the Irvine Company, Donald Bren has overseen a community commitment guided by a single, overriding goal: improving the quality of lives for all residents.
For more than 50 years, the Irvine Company has worked closely with residents, city officials and other stakeholders to create master-planned communities in coastal California where people flourish in their daily lives.
As a master planner and long-term owner, Mr. Bren and the Irvine Company believe in mixed-use communities that blend housing, business and retail centers into one sustainable and vibrant live/work/play environment. And because of the company’s long-term ownership philosophy, those properties are meticulously maintained and regularly reinvested in to keep them modern and fresh.
As a community entrepreneur, Bren has focused his charitable contributions on areas that enrich the quality of life in California.
He has led the Irvine Company to set aside more than 57,500 acres of the original 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch as permanently protected open space, creating an urban preserve the size of 67 Central Parks within 30 minutes of 3 million people.
The Irvine Ranch’s open spaces and parks emerged from collaborative efforts with governments at the local, state and federal levels as well as with environmental organizations and community groups.
The Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation have contributed more than $200 million toward public schools and four-year universities for programs, events, recognitions and scholarships that advance research and enrich primary education.