Corporations, foreign governments and nonprofits alike turn to Mark Tavlarides to achieve their federal affairs goals. A collaborative thinker with a proven ability to interact strategically with Congress and the executive branch, Mark understands what it takes to grab officials’ attention and earn widespread government support for an issue.
With nearly two decades of collaboration with both sides of the political aisle, Mark knows the ins and outs of the legislative process. As staff director for a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mark worked to strengthen relations with the United Nations and expand respect for human rights through the drafting and passage of foreign aid legislation, organization of congressional hearings on global hot spots, and briefing of members of Congress on foreign policy issues.
Mark later moved to the executive branch, serving as the secretary of defense’s special assistant for international security affairs. He put his Hill expertise to use, collaborating with other national security agencies to generate congressional support for potentially sensitive initiatives and prepping department officials to testify before congressional committees. In addition to briefing the secretary and other civilian military leaders on congressional activity, Mark coordinated and implemented legislative strategies that supported the secretary’s policy agenda. President Clinton also sought Mark’s foreign policy guidance, enlisting him as the National Security Council’s director of legislative affairs. Mark advised the president and the national security advisor on relevant congressional activity and advanced the administration’s foreign policy and national security goals in Congress by planning legislative strategies and crafting executive branch legislative proposals.
Most recently, Mark spent more than 10 years as a government relations professional, helping foreign governments, corporations and nonprofits develop and implement advocacy strategies and gain traction for their initiatives in Washington. He connected clients with key members of Congress and provided immediate strategic counsel in crisis management situations. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Towson State University.