Mark is an established non-profit executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in all fundraising activities with demonstrated success in creating high impact philanthropy with high-net-worth benefactors through guiding principles in curiosity and collaboration. After a decade leading fundraising and advancement activities at the University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas he joined Bethel University in September of 2023 to lead the Office of Advancement, which oversees fundraising, alumni relations and the Bethel Foundation. While at St. Thomas, Mark served as the chief development officer for a team of development professionals in two colleges – the Morrison Family College of Health and the Opus College of Business. He oversaw more than $20 million raised in under five years and was working with generous benefactors on transformational gifts of more than $100 million at the time of his transition to Bethel.
Mark has seen first-hand the change that a college degree can make for one individual, their family and the community and is driven to help lead an organization seeking to reverse the opportunity gap in Minnesota. With a focus on leveraging his fundraising acumen, management experiences, and operational excellence, he seeks to make a tangible impact on the community served by College Possible Minnesota. His prior board experience includes Hope Community Church in Minneapolis and Hope for the Mourning, a nonprofit providing resources to parents who have lost a child.
Mark holds a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and has pursued continuous learning and professional development obtaining the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification in 2009.