Mark is the executive vice president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a platform of programs and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week each November. Aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, GEN helps people in 160 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures.
Mark helped launch the initiative in 2008 and has provided strategic direction and communications leadership to help guide its expansion from a U.S.-only pilot program in 2007 to its current global footprint. In support of GEW, he also helped develop the Global Entrepreneurship Congress—starting out as an internal planning conference and turning it into an annual gathering of 2,000 startup champions from ecosystems all around the world.
In addition to his global work, Mark serves as the curator for the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship hosted at kauffman.org. Previously, he provided communications leadership on several national citizen engagement initiatives and more than 100 public forums on a wide range of policy issues, including: economic development; information technology; renewable energy; health care reform; retirement security; and workforce development.