Mark has worked in many roles throughout his career--as a nonprofit executive director, foundation staff member, community development practitioner, program planner, and researcher. Mark also has extensive experience working with communities of color, and in both rural and urban communities.
As Evaluation Manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mark participated in the design and management of many program initiatives, including the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, Native American Higher Education Initiative, Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE), People and Land, Managing Information with Rural America, and Food and Society. Mark co-authored the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook, which continues to be a valued resource in the worldwide evaluation community.
Mark has content expertise in philanthropy, community development, agriculture and natural resources, land use, education, service-learning, and the nonprofit sector. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Community Development from Michigan State University. He has published extensively in the fields of evaluation, natural resources, and higher education.
Mark continues to provide state and national leadership to the nonprofit sector. He has served on the Centers for Disease Control National Expert Panel on Evaluation Guidance for Community-Based Organizations and on the boards of Michigan Habitat for Humanity, the Michigan Association for Evaluation, and the Nonprofit Alliance. He has conducted numerous strategic planning and evaluation workshops for the Environmental Grantmakers Association, New Jersey Health Initiatives, Grantmakers Evaluation Network, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
Mark enjoys collaborating with other consultants on large projects.