Mark joined the LCCRSF team in December 2018. He’s committed to working alongside community members, individual donors and institutional partners in mobilizing resources to end deep and pervasive racism and structural inequality. What he loves about his job is being a part of others’ learning journeys, and working with others to identify where they can meaningfully and impactfully direct time, passion, experience, and financial means to advance racial, economic and immigrant justice.
Mark’s philosophy is that philanthropy should drive a process of truth and reinvestment that will fundamentally transform ourselves, our communities and our society into more equitable and just actors. Mark strives to be an agitator and accomplice in dismantling racist systems and institutions and building new ones that are explicitly antiracist.
“I’m proud to be part of LCCRSF because the organization and its community constantly challenge me to go deeper in my own learning journey about the roots of structural racism, the ways I have been complicit, and how together we can dismantle oppressive systems from inside out, starting with ourselves.”
Mark has over two decades of experience in the non-profit sector in health and education. He started his career in fundraising and development as a grant writer. His approach to development has been greatly influenced by the writings and teachings of so many including Vu Le, Edgar Villanueva, Birgit Smith Burton, Hildy Gottlieb, the folks at Community Centric Fundraising, and a vibrant network of peer development professionals in the Bay Area and around the country who are engaged in a constant effort to hold philanthropy true to antiracist and egalitarian principals.
Mark lives in Vallejo with his awesome husband and adorable pup Poochini.