About Mark

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A bit about me…

p1150004Myers-Briggs says I’m an INTJ.
DiSC says I’m a CD.
Candy Whirley says I’m a Lion.
The MMPI says… TMI 😉

I am many other things as well. I am a husband, a father to one daughter, a former professor of music history (Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder), a lapsed classical guitarist on the road to recovery, and I love to grow vegetables and cook vegetarian. (I make an awesome West African Peanut Stew)

A bit about the work I do…

Presently, I am the Director of Development for Hennepin Theatre Trust in downtown Minneapolis. I am chiefly responsible for leading a team of eight development professionals, including myself. I coordinate development operations across a broad range of areas, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, foundations, and corporate sponsors.

My team includes three development officers, two donor stewardship coordinators, a business partnerships manager and a development services analyst. Together, we are responsible for generating $3.1 million in revenue annually that supports the Trust’s community outreach initiatives, which brings me to…

A bit about where I work…

900-Hennepin-MAIN-PHOTO-for-weHennepin Theatre Trust was established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to assume responsibility for and guarantee the future of the Orpheum, State, and Pantages theaters along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. In 2005, the Trust executed a long-term financing arrangement with the City of Minneapolis to transition ownership of these three theaters from the City to the Trust.

Beyond the preservation of these historic theaters, Hennepin Theatre Trust is also a community impact organization that drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. We seek to address the needs of all stakeholders in the area, not just theatergoers. These include downtown residents, business owners, local artists, youth, and those experiencing homelessness.

Our community outreach work includes the presentation of Broadway shows and concerts, a high school education program that serves 8,000 students annually, and public art projects that support local artists and beautify the downtown area. We collaborate with civic leaders and other stakeholders on matters of public safety, and we offer our event center to small nonprofits who have need of meeting space. You can learn more about Hennepin Theatre Trust and its mission at hennepintheatretrust.org

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