Former Head of Innovation and Investment, U.S. Small Business Administration
Mark Walsh recently stepped down as the Head of Investment and Innovation for the Small Business Administration. As an Obama administration political appointee, he oversaw all SBIC, SBIR, Accelerator/Incubator and growth activities at the SBA.
That was his first government position. Prior, he had a 30+ year career in technology, media, venture capital and angel investing. He was ceo of a high growth public company, (VerticalNet NASDAQ: VERT) was a senior executive at GE, AOL, and HBO, and has invested in and/or served on the board of a number of high profile public and private companies, including BlackBoard (NASDAQ: BBBB), Nutrisystems (NASDAQ: NTRI), half.com (Bought by eBay), TheStreet.com (NASDAQ: TST), IndustryBrains (bought by Marchex-NASDAQ: MCHX), Day Software (bought by Adobe) and many, many others. He pioneered the collision of technology and politics early, serving as the first chief technology advisor to the Democratic Party in 2002, running the internet efforts for the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004 and was the founding CEO of Air America Radio, which brought Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, Marc Maron, and Chuck D (amongst others) to the progressive airwaves.
He was the chair of the board of his college alma mater, Union College in New York, of the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Maryland, and received his MBA from Harvard. He has served on a number of very prominent not-for profit boards – including the Bipartisan Policy Center (where he was chair), the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony, The New Leaders Council and many others.