Mark Swartz
Takoma Park MD
swartzmark LLC, Principal (2011– )
Helping nonprofit leaders to hatch transformative ideas and to communicate them effectively
Ongoing clients: Early Learning Nation, the Bezos Family Foundation’s online magazine dedicated to brain-building communities. Contributor (2019– ); Orr Group (2015– )

Additional clients: The Association for Accessible Medicines (formerly the Generic Pharmaceutical Association), Ceres, The Challenger Center, Church of the Epiphany, Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies, the Environmental Film Festival, the Greater Washington Urban League, Guns Down Friday (board member), Hope for Henry, Indigo Gold, Jewish Social Service Agency, PeerForward, Project Sunshine, Shalom Learning, United Way of the National Capital Area, Venn Strategies

The Lever Fund, a new grantmaker to “fight poverty right here” in the National Capital Region
Co-founder (2013– ); Managing Director (2018–19). In conjunction with other founders, helped to develop the name and brand, raise more than $500,000, evaluate and award $200,000 in grants, build a website where metrics and transparency are priorities, recruit and engage the board of directors, organize and promote donor events
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Washington D.C. 
Director of Development Communications (2011–13): Wrote press releases and marketing materials for the Gallery, recruitment brochures for the College, and various materials for the major gift officers; collaborated with board and senior leadership on “Creative Exchange” visioning document as well as sensitive communications during a period of intense scrutiny; created and managed the Corcoran’s Tumblr and blog; engaged Behance (an Adobe company) to create a platform to showcase the work of faculty, students, and alumni
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington D.C.
Senior Writer, (2010-11): Researched and wrote grant proposals and reports; helped to launch a robust individual-giving program
Robin Hood Foundation, New York City
Senior Manager, Communications (2006–10): Supported the organization’s fundraising success: four consecutive years of $100M+ in donations and grants to fight poverty in New York City; 100% increase in donors. Identified and developed powerful stories to illustrate the organization’s impact. Managed staff of five, which handled marketing, communications, and donor relations. Wrote, edited and oversaw design and production of donor communications: print publications, appeal and acknowledgment letters, e-mails, and web content

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Marketing/Development Departments (1999–2006): Wrote copy for print and radio ads and brochures; devised slogans “What’s your favorite…” for 2006 public service announcement; “Manhattan is modern again” for 2004 reopening. Wrote and coordinated production of development materials for $800M capital campaign. Wrote and edited press releases and articles for member magazine
The University of Chicago, MA, Art History
The University of Michigan, BA, English Literature
Novels: Instant Karma (2002), H2O (2006), Summertime Jews (2018)
Children's books: Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Lost Flamingo, Magpie Bridge, The Giant of the Flood
Two-volume reference series on art for middle and high schoolers
Articles, essays, and reviews in Journola, The Awl, The Believer, Village Voice, Chicago Reader, Bookforum, Salon
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