Sustainable Strategy

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About Mark Light

His experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting

brought exceptional value to the team.

Michael Henderson, Executive Director, Project VIDA (testimonial)


Mark Light is an inspirational, street smart, and compassionate coach-teacher who empowers you to do good great. He is Founder and President of First Light Group whose mission is Putting Your Future Within Reach® through coaching, sustainable strategy, teaching and training, and writing. His most recent major project was a sustainable strategy project for Atlanta's Positive Impact Health Centers supported by AIDS United. Prior to that The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta presented a Sustainable Strategy Program for four HIV sector agencies supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In 2017, he is presenting a cohort-based Sustainable Strategy Program for five agencies serving the homeless in partnership with All Chicago and supported by The Chicago Community Trust

Mark has joined Seattle University's Arts Leadrship program as an Assistant Professor beginning fall 2017 where he will empower others to "Go for Great." He was a full teaching professor at DePaul University's School of Public Service (2011-2017) where he taught others to "Do Good Great" (St. Vincent DePaul). Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management recognized his work with the Mandel Center Teaching Award and DePaul University nominated him in 2015 and 2016 for Teaching in Excellence Awards. Mark holds a BFA from Drake University, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a Ph.D. from Antioch University.

Mark's past experience includes 15 seasons as the first full-time CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association where he led its "You are the star" turnaround into a top-30 performing arts center. He boosted audiences five-fold to 900,000, annual income 24-fold to $21.3 million, generated $2 million in year-end surpluses and opened three new venues including the $130 million Schuster Center. He was a decade-long Tony® Awards voter and won The Broadway League's first ever Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management Award.

Mark has written three books: Results Now and The Strategic Board, both published by John Wiley & Sons, and Executive Committee published by BoardSource where he served on its Council of Editorial Advisors. His fourth book, Sustainable Strategy, is estimated for 2017. His writing has appeared in Board Member magazine, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Journal, and the Nonprofit Quarterly, which is home to Mark's Dr. Conflict column.

As a volunteer, Mark mediated for the Dayton Mediation Center in small claims and juvenile court. His past board service includesthe Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Bank One - Dayton, and AIDS Resource Center Ohio.

Click here for Mark's curriculum vitae.

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Melissa A Smith - Former Executive Director, Institute for Ethical Leadership - Rutgers Business

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