Mark designed and managed four successful community economic development programs during his 35 years in the profession. He also served ten years as Chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission In 2007 he helped establish the Community Economics Lab, (CELab) a not-for-profit think tank focused on developing new approaches to economic and workforce development. In 2011 he wrote a book titled “When the Boomers Bail”, about how a growing shortage of talent is changing the economic development game. He is currently focused on:
The pioneering a new economic base job creation model focused on Solowork - people who work remotely from home or in a co-working space.
The development of a new algorithm for planning and managing local economic development efforts.
The starting up of InvestUS, a foreign direct investment - economic development finance firm.
Public speaking, consulting and writing.
He is a graduate of The University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Mark lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife Mary Anne. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. His recreational interests include open-water swimming and mountaineering.