Mark Walker’s deep understanding of poverty issues comes from forty years of laboring side-by-side with needy people in the developing world. Mark started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and in response to a major earthquake there, he co-founded FUNDACED, a Christian Guatemalan development agency. He then managed programs abroad with Plan International in executive positions in Guatemala, Colombia and Sierra Leone.
Mark set up the CARE International regional office in Denver and then was the senior director at World Neighbors before being recruited to Scottsdale by Food for the Hungry, as a Senior Development Director. He also served as a Senior Director with MAP International (Medical Assistance Program, the 37th largest charity in the U.S.), which provides essential medicines and supplies to disaster relief groups around the world. Formerly, he was the Vice-President of Make-A-Wish Foundation International and most recently was the CEO of Hagar, a Christian-based group supporting survivors of human trafficking.
Mark has written on various global issues. According to a critique by Midwest Review, his new book, Different Latitudes, which was recognized by the Arizona Literary Awards competition, is an engaged and engaging story of one man's physical and spiritual journey of self-discovery through Latin American, African, European, and Asian topography, cuisine, politics, and history. Informative, compelling, impressively candid, "Different Latitudes" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections in general, and Peace Corp History supplemental studies lists in particular.
Revue Magazine recently published his article, “The Making of the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian Adult Fairy-Tale” and another article, “My Life in the Land of the Eternal Spring,” will be part of the Cross Class Anthology published by “Wising Up Press.” “The Fundraiser: Running risks in Nepal and Bolivia,” was published in Worldview, Spring Issue, 2018. Articles in professional journals include, “Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond”, was published in the Summer, 2017 issue of Advancing Philanthropy.
Mark has lectured to several classes at ASU, including a presentation on his book, Different Latitudes, to the Pre-Peace Corps class as well as two other classes on global trends in fundraising and on careers in international affairs. As a task force member and lecturer at the Hemispheric Congress for Fundraising, which was hosted by AFP in Mexico City four consecutive years, he’s made multiple presentations in Spanish. He also made a presentation on Cross Border Trends in Fundraising at the Day of Philanthropy Conference in Guadalajara.
He holds a master’s degree in economics and rural sociology from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute co-hosted by AFP and the Center for Philanthropy at the University of Indiana.
He’s a Past President of the Greater Arizona chapter of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and a member of their International Development Committee. He’s the Past President of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona. Mark joined Rotary in 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia, and is the recipient of the “Service Above Self” award - the most prestigious recognition of Rotary International. Mark is a board member of Advance Guatemala, and Partnering for Peace, as well as an active volunteer at Andre House of Hospitality. Mark’s wife and three children were born in Guatemala.
Award winning author of a memoir and multiple magazine articles, essays and book reviews
Board member of Partnering for Peace and Advance Guatemala
Developed a multi-year international mentoring relationship between the Greater Arizona Chapter of AFP and the West Mexico Chapter (Guadalajara), which included a presentation at their Day of Philanthropy event
CFRE (Certified Executive Fundraiser) for eighteen years