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Mark M. Seaman
Director of Communications
563-264-6893
mseaman@stanleyfoundation.org

Mark Seaman is director of communications at the Stanley Foundation and has spent over ten years in strategic communications, issue advocacy, policy research, and humanitarian causes in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East. He most recently worked in Washington, DC, with military veterans, aid organizations, and Iraqis to build US support for Iraq’s sustained peace and reconstruction. Mark earned a master of public affairs degree (summa cum laude) and a master of international affairs degree at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and Columbia University in New York, where he focused on human-centered solutions to policy and traditional security, respectively. While in graduate school, he completed work with the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, and with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prior to continuing his education, Mark was responsible for corporate, foundation, and individual giving, public relations, and marketing for one of the nation’s largest AIDS service organizations and was a communications consultant for a Washington, DC-based media-training firm. He has served on several nonprofit boards and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Republic of Niger, where his work centered on gender equality and public health. Mark completed his undergraduate education at American University’s School of Public Affairs and is originally from Central Pennsylvania.

What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?

As director of communications, I ensure that the foundation’s brand and image are in keeping with our core values and expand the reach of our work and ideas to concerned global citizens and policymakers. My team and I enhance the foundation’s capacity to advocate policy through our partnerships, publications, and online presence, develop new tools for doing so, and assess—and reassess—our impact. I am among our newer staff, having joined the Stanley Foundation in summer 2018.

What do you like most about your job?

My colleagues. The staff at the Stanley Foundation is among the most talented and dedicated group of individuals I have had the pleasure to work alongside. The opportunities for collaboration across every department and the value that collaboration adds to the purpose of our programs keeps our vision achievable.

Where are you from?

Our founder, C. Maxwell Stanley, said “the world is made up of thousands of Muscatines,” the small town in Iowa where the foundation makes its home. I grew up in a town like Muscatine in rural Pennsylvania—and the perspective of those origins has always traveled with me. Climate change, nuclear weapon proliferation, and the threat or use of violence impact us all. Collectively, our varied perspectives can solve those challenges best.

What are your hobbies?

I am a trivia enthusiast, going so far as to DVR episodes of Jeopardy!  I also enjoy peaceful activities: stream fishing, museum visits, reading nonfiction, and running—which inform my worldview and prepare my mind for the fast-paced, international work of the foundation.