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Last Login 10/1/2016
Location Candia, NH
Education Masters Degree
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Summary of Experience
Mark has experience in the fields of politics, government, marketing, and business journalism, which makes his versatility vital for any organization seeking someone capable of writing for multiple disciplines.

Mark has a master's degree in public administration, and has worked as an aide for the mayor of Manchester, NH, as well as for the governor of New Hampshire. Currently, Mark runs political races for state senators, state representatives, and has worked on policy-based nonprofit campaigns. He is also an elected official in his town and county.

In addition, Mark's background as an editor and writer for both a daily newspaper and a monthly business magazine means he can write concise, to-the-point pieces on deadline. A sample of stories written include, but are not limited to, long-form pieces on child care, the loss of manufacturing in the U.S., and success stories from business leaders.

Finally, Mark's background in running campaigns also means writing with search engines in mind. He is versed in SEO and can incorporate keywords without sacrificing readability or clarity.
Mark specializes in writing for the government, political, and business fields. These industries require competency in multiple disciplines, including: op-eds, white papers, press releases, social media, web copy, policy summaries, and advertising copy. In addition, Mark has done this in fields that require strict adherence to deadlines, so he has the background and discipline to meet most timelines.
Outside of politics and government, Mark enjoys hiking and running, is a knowledgeable sports fan, and is an avid reader.
University of New Hampshire Sep 2004 – May 2006
Public administration, Masters in Public Administration (MPA)

Mark received a 3.84 GPA during his graduate studies. His master's thesis was on workforce housing in southern New Hampshire, which the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce used as part of their affordable housing initiative.

University of New Hampshire Sep 1994 – Jul 1998
Politics and government (major - concentration on American government), American history (minor), BA - Political Science

Mark graduated from the University of New Hampshire, specializing in American government and history, and is in the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. He also served on student government, and wrote op-eds for the student newspaper.

Honors and Awards
Catapult - J.T. O'Donnell Award Dec 2012
Catapult is the Young Professional's Network for the New Hampshire seacoast, and the J.T. O'Donnell Award is given to their person of the year. The organization honored Mark for his work to mentor young professionals, bringing them to Catapult events, and helping them get involved in non-profit and political organizations.

Leadership New Hampshire - Class of 2010 Jun 2009
Leadership NH is a invite-only group that brings leaders within the state together to better learn about NH's public, private, and non-profit entities. Mark was one of 35 state leaders selected to participate in the program's year-long program, making connections with some of the state's most powerful individuals and organizations.

Association Memberships
County of Rockingham, NH Jan 2015
Mark is the Rockingham County Register of Probate, elected with more than 62,000 votes and winning by more than 19,000 votes. Mark believes it is important that anyone working in politics should also be active in his or her community. This allows the writer to be better versed on the issues affecting a community, its elected leaders, and its citizens.

Town of Candia, NH Mar 2014
Mark is a member of the Town of Candia, NH, Municipal Budget Committee (elected) and an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (appointed). As stated in a previous membership entry, Mark believes it is important that anyone working in politics should also be active in his or her community. This allows the writer to be better versed on the issues affecting a community, its elected leaders, and its citizens.

Catapult - Seacoast Young Professionals Network Dec 2011
Catapult is the Seacoast Young Professionals Network, which helps those under the age of 40 meet like-minded business professionals, get involved in their communities, and grow their own business portfolios. Mark has helped recruit young professionals from a variety of fields to join, and helped recent college graduates get ingratiated into the business community.

Pathways (University of New Hampshire) Mark participates in Pathways, the student mentoring program at his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. As an alumnus, he works with individual students regarding politics, government, journalism, and marketing. Mark uses his extensive connections to provide students with insight, know-how, and contacts to better expand their experiences and improve job prospects.

Real Estate Brokerage License State of New Hampshire
Oct 2011
As part of expanding his understanding of economic trends, Mark received his real estate sales license in 2010 and his brokerage license in 2011. He is in the process of teaching pre-license real estate courses in the state, which requires an innate understanding or real estate law, administrative rules, and best practices within the industry. In addition, this involves creating lesson plans and written material crafted for those with little or no real estate background.

Projects by Industry

Mark has worked for companies of various backgrounds - hoteliers, financial service companies, roofers, medical device companies, and web designers are just a few of his clients. Mark's journalist background means work is researched, concise, and meets the reading requirement of any client.

Mark spent three years as an editor and writer for a business magazine, where he wrote both long-form (2,500-plus word) and short-form (500-800 word) pieces regarding all different subjects. In addition, Mark was a writer and editor at a daily newspaper, where he was a night editor for the daily paper, and the Features Editor for the Sunday paper.


Mark's background is in government and politics. His bachelor's degree is in political science and his master's degree is in public administration. In the government field, Mark has worked for governors, mayors, state senators, state representatives, and members of Congress. In addition, Mark has written white papers, policy summaries, and other documents used by non-profit agencies (such as chambers of commerce) in their marketing and lobbying efforts.

In addition to his work for other governmental officials and organizations, Mark is an elected official himself, serving as his county's Register of Probate, a member of his town's Budget Committee, and an alternate member of his town's Zoning Board of Adjustment. This background gives Mark an understanding of how government works, how to write for different constituencies, and how to present information while meeting regulatory requirements.

In his work for governmental agencies, Mark has also written and done research for grant proposals.


With an extensive background in politics and working with candidates for various offices, Mark is a skilled political writer. Whether needed to produce white papers, web copy, press releases, mail pieces, social media posts, policy summaries, or debate notes, Mark's work stresses positive, result-oriented approaches.

Campaigns are inherently negative. Mark's work on behalf of candidates is 100 percent positive, informational, and engages the core audience into action. Mark researches best practices for desired results, regardless of campaign tactic - door-to-door, mail, broadcast media, phone calls, or speeches.

Mark also works on behalf of non-profit organizations, using the above strategies for fund-raising pitches, lobbying pieces, and internal communications.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

As a subcontractor, Mark has worked with marketing companies to rewrite web page copy and create social media copy that optimizes online presence. Mark reads up on Google's filtering process (currently Panda 4.x) to assure he understands the ongoing changes in the search engine's rankings. As a result, the writing sounds natural and prioritizes readability; seamlessly incorporating keywords into text.

Projects by Asset Type
Press Release

With Mark's background in both newspapers and magazines, and with more than 250 press releases and media advisories written, he knows what media outlets seek in a press release - a quick hook in the beginning, pertinent information right afterward, and quotes at the end to use in their pieces. This approach gets results, and is one Mark understands perfectly.

In addition, all press releases take SEO into account, so as to appeal to newswire aggregators.

Blog Post

Mark's process in regards to blog posts is threefold. The first is to create a cache of SEO-optimized "evergreen" posts, which provide clients with flexibility of when and what to post. Second is to limit blog post size (when possible) to 300 words or less, which allows clients to post multiple posts on a subject and provides the reader a reason to look at past blog posts.The third is to dedicate a certain amount of time each day to stay up-to-date on issues that affect Mark's clients, so as to comment on current events when necessary. This allows Mark to write timely blog posts when required.


Whether for political candidates, small businesses, or non-profit organizations, Mark writes pithy, on-point advertising copy. Despite a diverse clientele, Mark adopts to the needs of the client through opposition research, consistency of tone with a client's website and other promotional items, and communication with the client of the advertisement's objectives and target audience.

Web Page

Now more than ever, web copy must be readable while incorporating a sophisticated SEO strategy. Despite the ever-changing dynamic of search engine algorithms that reward and punish behavior, copy that "sings" and is honest with the consumer is always a best practice. Mark works with SEO specialists - or generates his own keywords lists - and incorporates them into the writing, making it seamless.

Direct Mail

In politics and in the non-profit world, direct mail is still a valuable resource. To reach the many people who choose not to use the Internet for their primary communications, particularly older individuals, direct mail is an effective way to get one's message across. Mark works with clients to provide clean, to-the-point letters, advertisements, and solicitation for donations that are eye-catching and clearly spell out calls-to-action.

Radio Spot

Radio advertisements demand brevity. The most effective ads drive home points in a way that does not sound forced or rushed. With 30 or 60 seconds to make the pitch, every word must count. Mark writes radio copy for clients looking to make an immediate impression. Many clients are first-time political candidates or small businesses looking to leverage limited funds for maximum gain, and by understanding the demographics and airtime of these ads, Mark is able to achieve this.


Mark is well-known throughout New Hampshire for his political and business writing. As a former editor at the Portsmouth Herald and writer/editor for Business NH Magazine, Mark has extensive experience in writing articles ranging from 100 to 5,000 words. In addition, his background has made him sought after by politicians and non-profit organizations looking for journalistic caliber writing that is concise and readable for varied demographics.


Working with politicians and business leaders, Mark writes speeches that are audience-appropriate, understands the speech-giver's approach and comfort level with public speaking, and respects the allotted time. In politics, brevity and an ability to weave facts, figures, and stories into one's speech is critical to receiving a positive audience response. Mark does that based on extensive research on demographics, setting, and time frame.

In addition, Mark writes talking points for those that would rather have cues and themes instead of a formal speech. Mark's talking points have the same amount of research on demographics, setting, and time frame as speeches.

Facebook Post

While some contend that Facebook lags behind in terms of cutting edge social media, it is still the "top dog" in its field. With an older demographic (62-plus) becoming the platform's fastest-growing age group of users, organizations must have a robust, age-appropriate approach to Facebook. Mark understands the various ways one can target posts to specific groups and creates campaigns based on single- or multi-variable demographics.

Working as a sub-contrator for a marketing company in 2012, Mark spearheaded a campaign for a coffer roaster in Amherst, NH, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary. The company created an MVP contest for its top customers, where they competed to get the most likes from friends to win a great prize and YouTube recognition. The campaign raised "Likes" from 480 to 1,050 in one month.

Projects By Expertise
Research Writer

With a master's degree in public administration and jobs in both politics and journalism, Mark understands how to obtain primary-source material and present it in a concise manner. Mark avoids jargon unless absolutely necessary, and provides complete industry-specific citations.

In addition, Mark understands that the credibility of the piece comes from the quality of the sources. As a result, Mark never uses crowd-sourced references, such as Wikipedia, in his writing.


As a former writer and editor for both the Portsmouth (NH) Herald and Business NH Magazine, Mark's background is in journalism. He is fluent in the Associated Press Stylebook as of 2012, and is currently studying the 2014 edition. Mark also writes press releases for most of his clients, so he continues to develop a journalistic style based upon his background.

Unless writing for a specific industry that requires a different style, Mark bases his writing on his journalistic background. This approach is exacting and one Mark feels best conveys the message his clients want delivered.


As a former editor at the Portsmouth (NH) Herald and Business NH Magazine, Mark has extensive experience in editing, re-writing, and proofreading work. In each job, as well as in any freelance work Mark does, he consults with writers to make sure they understand all edits and the reasons behind them. In addition, Mark works with writers to address ways each party can adjust to each other's strengths, which leads to a better working relationship and added trust. In addition, Mark saves all drafts of work, so that edits can be tracked.

Projects by Writing Style

Mark's work as a policy analyst for elected officials, as an editor and writer for both a newspaper and a business magazine, and as a campaign manager for both political candidates and non-profit organizations, gives him the credibility to write on a myriad of subjects.

Mark has an understanding of many policy issues that affect businesses and organizations today, and with a master's degree in public administration, has the ability to do "deep-dive" research necessary to provide timely and fresh information for clients. Mark's work has addressed issues as varied as, but not limited to, health care reform, financial regulation, the challenges of small businesses, education reform, and workforce housing.

Along with Mark's background, his writing style allows him to present this information without jargon and accessible to multiple audiences.


Coming from a newspaper and magazine background, Mark's work conveys the proper message while still being concise. Most genres, from humor to white papers, improve when the writing is taut and uses words economically. This style requires constant refining, and Mark reviews all finished projects to find ways to improve.

In addition, for most of Mark's clients, he writes press releases. With Mark's background, he knows what media outlets seek - a quick hook in the beginning, pertinent information right afterward, and quotes at the end to use in their pieces. This approach gets results, and is one Mark understands perfectly.

Projects by Company Size
Small Business

Mark's specialty is working with small-businesses and campaigns. Often, these entities do not have the resources for a comprehensive suite of marketing and editorial services; Mark fills this gap by providing cost-effective services scaled toward their needs. One area Mark emphasizes is communication. Many small companies are in early stages of growth, and are still refining their message. Mark works with them to make sure all parties are on the same page.


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