Before joining The Raben Group, Mark was the Founder and President of Linton Strategies, LLC, where, among other highlights, he guided clients on their corporate citizenship strategies and messaging, advising a large commercial bank and global professional services firm; provided strategic advice on a high-profile national housing watchdog campaign; and led several assessments and strategic planning efforts for distinguished national organizations such as the Urban Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Prior to founding his own firm, Mark served President Barack Obama in a variety of capacities for nearly a decade, beginning in then-Senator Obama’s Washington office. He 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, leading to dramatic community improvements.
Mark also served in senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including as Acting Chief of Staff for then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
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.