Mark first joined NASAO in 2015 to lead the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures. Mark previously served as the National Director of State Government Affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he successfully spearheaded several significant pro-aviation state tax reform and funding initiatives across the country and received the President’s Award – the organization’s highest honor for an employee. Mark also worked as an international aviation and airport analyst, authoring a comprehensive assessment report on the development of Brazil’s national system of airports and infrastructure. Prior, he worked on transportation, aviation, and other policy issues in Congress on the staff of Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). Mark is also a commercial rated pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) with international flight experience as a former First Officer for American Eagle Airlines based in Puerto Rico. Mark lives with his wife in Ellicott City and is a proud graduate of Boston College.