My guest will be Mark M. Kessler. Mark joined HealthPass New York in 2010 where he serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives. He has spent the last four decades helping to build strong, effective and efficient organizations. Three of those decades have been devoted to the development of mission driven not-for-profits. From start-ups to complete transformations, Mark has supplemented innovative strategic and program planning with disciplined implementation to foster the growth of such diverse organizations as New York Cares (now New York City's largest volunteer organization), the CLEARPOOL Schools (an early Beacon, then Charter School model), St. Luke's LifeWorks (supportive housing in Stamford, CT) and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The last 14 years of work with the Brooklyn Chamber and the Business Council of New York State (the NYS State Chamber of Commerce) have provided Mark with additional experience in issue advocacy and government affairs focused on small business development in general, and more specifically, issues related to affordable small group health insurance. Currently, Mark is leading HealthPass' campaign to ensure that the NYS SHOP Exchange is designed in a manner that best serves the needs of NYS small businesses.
Mark refers to his two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of the Philippines as the most defining factor in the evolution of both his career and personal life.