Mark was born and raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. He studied in the Matteo Ricci program, an accelerated program that fast-tracks graduation from Seattle Preparatory School and Seattle University in just six years. At Seattle U, Mark majored in Political Science and graduated with a BA in Humanities.
Mark enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1982 and received his commission as an Officer in 1985. He completed seven years of active duty service, including stints at a NATO Command and Control site in Western Germany and at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC, before leaving active duty and returning to Seattle in 1990.
Upon his return, Mark served as an Intelligence Analyst with the 446 Airlift Wing at what is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Simultaneously, Mark began his career as a Crime Prevention Coordinator with the Seattle Police Department, where he works today. In 2012, Mark retired from the Air Force at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service. For nearly 30 years, Mark has worked to advance public safety and community health across District 2.
In 2001, Mark helped found Obsidian Security Group, Inc., a security consulting firm dedicated to assessing the threats, vulnerabilities, risks, and improvements of individuals and businesses. Mark served as President and Senior Consultant at the company for nearly thirteen years.
Mark and his wife, Suzanne, live on Beacon Hill, in the house his grandmother built.
Community Involvement and Advocacy
- 37th Legislative District Democrats: Member/past Precinct Committee Officer
- The Breakfast Group: Member
- YouthCare – Board Member, 1994 – present
- Washington State Crime Prevention Association: Region 2 Director, 2016 – present
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Washington State Chapter: Vice President, 2018 – present
- HALO Transitional Housing: Board Chair, 2011 – 2015
- Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates: Board Member/Board Chair, 2002 – 2012
- LeTip International (Capitol Hill Chapter): Member, Membership Chair, Vice President, President, 2002 – 2008
- Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force on School Bullying: Member, 2001 – 2003
- Aradia Women’s Health Center: Board Member/Board Chair, 1996 – 2001
- Seattle Health and Safety Network: Board Member, 1999 – 2001
- Rainier Beach High School’s Mentor and Internship Programs – Participant, 1991 – 1995
- Madrona Community Council: Board Member/Second Vice President, 1994 – 1995
- Seattle Commission on Children and Youth: Board Member, 1993 – 1995
- Rainier Beach Community Club: Member, 1991 – 1993
Professional/Community Awards & Accomplishments
- 2018: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Combat, Escape (ALICE) Certified Instructor
- 2017: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional Designation
- 2012: Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates Craig R. Donaldson Award for Sustained Leadership Advocacy for Crime Victims
- 2009: Rainier Chamber of Commerce (Police) Officer of the Quarter Award
- 2007: Seattle Police Department Award for Innovation
- 2001: Nominated for Seattle Works! Award for exceptional public service
- 1999: Seattle Police Department Award for Innovation
- 1996: Virginia Beach Police Department Recognition: Recognized for the development of a youth gun-violence prevention program
- 1995-1997: Seattle Police Department Community Police Academy Class Facilitator
- 1995: City of Seattle Valuing and Managing Diversity Award in Excellence
- 1995: American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International Award for Outstanding Service
- 1994: City of Seattle Leadership Award
- 1991-1993: Cultural Diversity Trainer, Seattle Police Department