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David Zarett has dedicated over 25 years to transforming turn-of-the-century industrial buildings in downtown Seattle into high-end retail and creative spaces. David Zarett and his development firm Zarett Properties, which he founded in 1992, purchased the Cobalt Building in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood in 1997. Three years and $10 million later, it became Starbucks Corporation’s northwest headquarters. Other successes for Zarett Properties include the conversion of the former Diamond Ice and Storage Company plant, a 100-year-old warehouse. Represented in the Association of Washington Business, Zarett Properties was formed in 1992, after David Zarett moved to Seattle from Los Angeles, where he learned the business working as a commercial real-estate broker. After an accomplished career in real estate development, David Zarett has shifted his focus to sustainable design and building a strong foundation in philanthropy and volunteerism. David Zarett received his education at Southern Oregon State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Zarett commits a great deal of time to charities like the Red Cross and the Boys and Girls Club and directly volunteers with at-risk youth and the homeless. In his free time, David Zarett enjoys exploring outdoors, traveling and music.

Work experience

Nov 1992Present


Zarett Properties

Acquired, renovated and leased the Cobalt Building in the SODO area of Seattle, Washington. Negotiated with Starbucks Corporation on the lease and construction of their northwest headquarters. Commercial real estate development in Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California.


Bachelor's of Science

Oregon State University


Architecture, Visual Design, Construction, Commercial Real Estate Development, Acquisitions, Sales, Marketing


Eastern Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga, Travel, Literature, Music, Basketball, Tennis, Golf