Elvins Derisma joins Berkeley’s MRED+D program with more than six years of professional experience. Elvins was born and raised in Florida. He began his professional career as a United States Army Soldier with the 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault. Ironically enough, having always had a passion for real estate and architecture, Elvins was stationed near Nashville, Tennessee—and was able to experience the benefits of the revitalization of the urban core—which shaped the city’s skyline and stimulated his curiosity while served on active duty. Shortly thereafter, upon leaving the military after four years of honorable service, Elvins began working for RMC Property Group, a full-service commercial real estate firm based in Tampa, Florida, within their development department. While at RMC Property Group, Elvins became a member of both the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Elvins earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida. Elvins earned the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, was inducted into the National Veterans Honor Society, and was distinguished as a honoree for the annual “25 under 25” roster from the University of South Florida. Elvins is pursuing a master’s degree in Real Estate Development + Design to prepare himself to become a well-rounded real estate executive. Elvins’ intention is to supplement his previous academic training in finance with his MRED+D training in property development and design, to ensure that he is a thoughtful practitioner with the tools to solve deficiencies in the property markets. Elvins believes that design matters—and strongly believes that the Berkeley real estate program will enable him to make an immediate impact in his career given its emphasis on economics, urban design, and design thinking. Elvins enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, working out, reading, and water sports.