Solutions for BUsiness & Civic Leaders


Changing economic, demographic and political trends require business and civic leaders to seize opportunities in growing markets by developing new partnerships and leveraging their assets – knowledge, resources, and team members – in transformative ways.  

Mark collaborates with a diverse set of clients – as a strategist, manager, policy advisor, and practitioner – to tackle big problems and achieve lasting results.

Helping clients seize an opportunity and solve big problems requires A Mix of tools.  

What do you need the most at this moment?  


Strategy & Assessment:  providing unique insight, advice, and counsel for clients seeking a new approach, wishing to reassess current business practices, or overcome an obstacle 


Policy:  tapping deep expertise with complex issues confronting cities and regions, especially pertaining to integrated, sustainable economic and community development 


Execution:  leading high-profile, start-up initiatives – from concept, to rollout, to implementation


Team & Coalition Building:  leveraging extensive relationships across sectors to identify new partnership opportunities for clients, including the design and execution of civic engagement strategies


Speaking & Facilitation:  offering memorable workshops and panel talks, revealing focus groups, effective facilitation 

Track Record 

Recent engagements include: 

  • Developing a corporate citizenship strategy, including communications and messaging advice, for a multinational professional services organization. 


  • Leading the planning effort for a major symposium for a large commercial bank, which examined integrated economic development strategies as well as the rise of the sharing economy, emerging technologies, and bourgeoning tech economies outside of Silicon Valley. 


  • Providing strategic advice to a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization on a high-profile national watchdog campaign, leading key design and execution of all major components, including policy, communications and partnership strategies. 


  • Leading an assessment and strategic planning effort for a major program area within a large national environmental organization. 


Mark has collaborated with a wide range of corporate and non-profit organizations, some of which include: 

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About Mark

Mark is the President of Linton Strategies, LLC, a strategy and policy consulting practice based in Washington, DC with clients nationwide.

Mark brings over 15 years of expertise working domestically and internationally with civic and business leaders and civil society to promote broadly shared economic growth through private-public partnerships, often using place as an organizing principle to promote multidisciplinary interventions.   

photo by Melissa Stewart

photo by Melissa Stewart

Mark was also a Visiting Fellow at Boston College’s Center for Social Innovation during the spring semester 2016, where he gave faculty and student lectures on integrated economic development and complex policy implementation in cities.  

Before founding Linton Strategies, LLC, Mark served President Barack Obama in a variety of capacities for over nine years, beginning in then-Senator Obama’s Washington office.   

Mark was appointed by the president as the first Executive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, a multi-sector, government-wide initiative seeking to spark sustainable economic turnarounds and build capacity in some of America’s most iconic cities. Under Mark’s leadership, the initiative helped communities more effectively leverage private-public partnerships and invest over $360 million in existing resources, leading to dramatic improvements in transit, downtown redevelopment, affordable housing, business development, public safety and a range of related issues. Mark helped to scale this model of integrated technical assistance to dozens of additional cities by partnering with a private-sector consortium, including financial advisors and developers, which launched the National Resource Network and the Nation’s first “311 for Cities.”

In addition to directing the Strong Cities Initiative, Mark served in a variety of leadership capacities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including as Acting Chief of Staff for then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, advising him on all facets of HUD’s programs and operations, including significant policy, political, crisis communications, personnel and budget matters for the $43 billion agency. Mark also served as General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional & Intergovernmental Relations at HUD. Prior to public service, Mark worked and consulted for a global humanitarian relief and development organization, Catholic Relief Services.

Mark earned his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and International Economics from the University of Kentucky. Mark lives with his wife and three children in Washington, DC.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
— Abraham Lincoln