A native of Ohio, Mark graduated from Ohio University with a degree in political science and sociology and wrote an honors thesis on welfare reform. He served as a tutor at a local middle school, as a volunteer at the regional homeless shelter, and as a research scholar for the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He also interned with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development and with Policy Matters Ohio.
Field placement: Hunger Free Vermont
Mark interviewed local sponsors of the summer food program about their best practices to help increase participation in ruralVermont. He also conducted a price assessment of the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan at local grocery stores.
Policy placement: Families USA
Mark surveyed credit counselors and state attorneys general as part of a medical debt project. He wrote a fact sheet and consumer guide on medical debt and wrote various fact sheets to inform the health care reform debate.