Zalen started her real estate career in 1998 as a residential property coordinator in Venice, CA. Zalen was quickly promoted to property manager and eventually became an asset manager working directly with the company’s owner assisting with acquisitions, dispositions, and managing the company’s entire portfolio and staff.
In 2001, Zalen expanded her career and begin working with commercial, industrial, and retail properties at Catellus, which was later acquired by Prologis. After a brief professional break to attend to motherhood, college, and relocating to the Maryland area, Zalen proceeded with her career at Prologis, where she applied and strengthened her knowledge of real estate operations, construction management, property management, real estate accounting, marketing, leasing, and investments. Having the opportunity to work closely with many of her professional mentors in various sectors of the industry, Zalen perfected her business acumen.
In April 2015, Zalen joined EDGE Commercial Real Estate as a Marketing Coordinator. By November 2015, Zalen was promoted to Director of Marketing, overseeing EDGE’s marketing and advisory support administration. Today, as Director of Operations, Zalen manages the company's operations function, which includes oversight and direction of marketing, administration, IT, and recruiting.