Mark is eLab network manager at Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO, where he leads external engagement for eLab. He is a member of Spark's Board of Directors, and managed Spark's establishment as the Department of Energy's Cleantech University Prize Hub, also known as the Energy Innovators Project.
Prior, Mark served as a researcher in energy economics and policy with Dr. Lynne Kiesling at Northwestern University. Their studies explored how market structures and regulatory design influence technological experimentation in the electricity sector. Additionally, Mark was a Research Analyst for E9 Energy Insight, an information service focused on the leading areas of new clean energy and consumer technologies transforming the utility industry. His analyses centered on state-level regulatory overviews on subjects related to grid modernization, resiliency, and market design for clients ranging from CERES, to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mission Data, and others. He has spent time at Center for Environmental Initiatives, Clean Energy Trust, and The Sustainability Exchange.
Previous research projects focused on environmental ethics, fuel poverty, and the history of international climate change negotiation– concluding with the book Changing Climate Politics; U.S. Policies and Civic Action (Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias, Editor; CQ Press, 2014). He is an advisor to Engineers for a Sustainable World and Energy Thought Summit.
In 2014, Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Philosophy from Northwestern University, minoring in Environmental Policy and Culture with certification in Energy and Sustainability. His honors thesis focused on environmental ethics, inter-spatial and inter-generational technology transfer, and climate change policy and political economy. While at Northwestern, Mark founded the Energy and Sustainability Consortium, the student government's Sustainability Committee, and the university's $50,000 Sustainability Fund. He is passionate about collaborating with people and advancing new technologies and policies to solve society’s most challenging existential risks. Mark began his energy career as a gas station clerk.
Contact Mark via LinkedIn &Twitter, or by email mark[at]sparkcleanenergy[dot]org