Executive Director, CWCLA
Mark is a former teacher who spent his career working in community-based and education-related nonprofit organizations. In 2007, he helped found the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which focused on turning around the historically lowest performing schools in the city. He served as the group’s Chief Operating Officer for seven years and helped grow the organization into a network of 16 schools serving over 14,000 students. Under Mark’s leadership, the Partnership schools were the highest improving of any District in the state, and saw graduation rates nearly double from 36 to 70 percent. Mark also led the Partnership’s work to scale best practices throughout the entire District. Among other major accomplishments, Mark led the Partnership’s implementation of the landmark Reed v. State of CA lawsuit that protected teachers from inequitable layoffs, resulting in a District-wide settlement agreement and statewide precedent. Prior to the Partnership, Mark was a management consultant for nearly four years with McKinsey & Company, where he counseled senior executives in nonprofit, government, advocacy and health care organizations on major strategic issues. During his tenure at McKinsey, Mark helped develop a strategic plan for Mayor Villaraigosa’s education initiatives. Prior to McKinsey, Mark was the Deputy Director of Project GRAD Los Angeles in the northeast San Fernando Valley. He also has worked in several community-based nonprofit organizations that collaborate with public schools, and he began his career teaching math to 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th graders in Brooklyn, New York. Mark graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Psychology. He is a graduate of the Broad Residency, received an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Domestic Policy.