Mark helps clients make an impact through strategic planning, collaborative inquiry, group facilitation, influence strategy, and tool and visual design. His past clients have included the United Philanthropy Forum, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Headwaters Health Foundation for Western Montana, Philanthropy California, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Center for the Health Professions, Mission Investors Exchange, Collective Impact Forum, and a range of Philanthropy-Serving Organizations, including the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned about Immigrants and Refugees, Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers. Mark’s passion is to help leaders in the social sector develop and spread good ideas and champion the causes they care about.
Mark has been a consultant to foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropy associations for the last dozen years. Prior experiences include directing the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative; serving as The James Irvine Foundation’s first director of communications; working for a public affairs agency; directing projects for the civil liberties group People For the American Way; stints with government agencies in education, the environment, and community development; and a failed attempt to go English-free for six months as a way to learn Spanish while living in Sevilla in the early 90s.
He has a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, resides in Chicago, and will talk about his son, Dash, for as long as you will let him.