Mark grew up between Ketchikan, Alaska, Geneva, Switzerland, and Seattle, Washington, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in Near Eastern languages and civilizations and global health and health policy. During undergrad, he conducted research in Tehran and Esfahan, Iran, and was awarded high honors for his dissertation on Iran’s program to address HIV and AIDS in injecting drug use communities. After Harvard, Mark worked for two years in global health communications and at the U.S. Senate before spending two years working with the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer, with a focus on health education, organizational development, and HIV/AIDS and drug use harm reduction programs. Following the Peace Corps, he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in London reading for an MSc in development studies with special reference to Central Asia at SOAS, University of London, while also working as an intern with the John Smith Trust and the London International Development Centre. A former competitive ice dancer, Mark now enjoys coaching figure skating, running marathons, traveling and Argentine tango.