Mark formed The Washington Group (TWG) in 2012 in response to the wide-ranging needs of child welfare, behavioral health agencies and managed care organizations in the public and private sector. Mark modeled TWG according to the philosophy of “serving you, so you can serve others” as a daily mantra that those who serve the most vulnerable can improve and perform their work more effectively through stronger contract relationships, and improved planning, strategies, marketing and systems.
He previously served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services, overseeing the state Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) as the state’s Director. Mark also worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in child welfare systems consulting, and previously led the Kentucky human service and child welfare system as the Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services. Mark entered the world of government administration from the private sector under the service of the health and human services Secretary Mark Birdwhistell as the Executive Officer for Health. During his Kentucky service, Mark led several redesigns for the private provider community that increased prevention and family preservation services by over 200%. Mark was the recipient of the 2008 National Leadership Award from Prevent Child Abuse of America, recognizing his leadership efforts to transition systems and funding into a prevention and preservation approach across the state.
He brings a unique perspective to child welfare from his roots and early career in business. His prior background includes roles as the Director of Consulting Services for the Midwest office of a Fortune 500 firm and former Big 8 public accountant in the audit and small business practice for Ernst and Young LLP. Mark currently serves as the Chair of Metro Atlanta United Way Financial Stability Network Collaborative. He has authored articles for the American Public Human Services Association Policy and Practice, daily newspapers, and has published nationally 2 evaluation reports on the effective utilization of parent advocacy programs.
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