Mark Linton brings more than 15 years of expertise working domestically and internationally to The Raben Group. Mark is an expert on connecting civic and business leaders and civil society to advance progressive causes through private-public partnerships and issue campaigns.
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 work, 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 improvements in transit, downtown redevelopment, affordable housing, business development, public safety, and a range of related issues. Using this model, he helped launch the National Resource Network and the Nation’s first “311 for Cities.”
Mark 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, advising him on all facets of HUD’s programs and operations. 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.
As a visiting fellow Mark has lectured at Boston College on integrated economic development and his writing has appeared in Time, HuffPost, and Governing.
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 Oakland, California.