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.