President – Pac/West Strategies
As the President of Pac/West Strategies, Mark serves as executive leadership to guide each project to success. Spanning his professional career, Mark has worked at the federal, state, and local levels leading political, communications, and outreach strategies across the country. Prior to starting Pac/West Strategies, Mark spent more than a decade with Pac/West Communications, managing the firm’s Denver office since it opened in 2013 and overseeing work in a variety of sectors, with a specific focus in oil and natural gas, agriculture, pro-business matters, and federal affairs. Mark’s expertise in policy, politics, communications, and strategy enable him to develop and implement targeted and impactful programs for all his clients.
Mark directs all operations of and assists with the strategy for Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED)—a multifaceted public education campaign around oil and natural gas development. He also managed the daily operations of Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy, and Energy Independence (Protect Colorado)—the issue committee which successfully defeated Colorado’s Proposition 112 in 2018 that was a direct attack at the oil and natural gas industry. Further, he currently oversees the implementation of several strategic communications programs, government relations strategies, and new creative tools for various companies and trade associations across the United States.
Mark has a keen ability to work on projects with large organizations and diverse stakeholders. From large publicly traded companies and private businesses to CEO trade associations and advocacy groups, Mark has the experience necessary to guide his clients to victory. He has successfully worked to develop and implement complex communications and outreach strategies, oversee ongoing government relations needs for clients across the country, and elect officials to local, state, and federal office.
Prior to returning to Pac/West Communications in 2013, Mark worked for the National Association of Conservation Districts in Washington, DC where he represented the western United States and was the association’s lead lobbyist for the Department of the Interior and the House and Senate Resources Committees.
Mark is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts, currently serving on the Executive Board of Directors of the Denver Area Council where he serves on several committees including chairing the National Eagle Scout Association Denver Chapter. He is also serving on the Conservation Task Force for the Boy Scouts of America National Committee. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Government from Pacific University.