MARK PAUSTENBACH

Senior Vice President

MARK PAUSTENBACH

Senior Vice President

Mark brings to ROKK nearly two decades of experience helping political candidates, government officials, Fortune 500 companies and global professional services firms tell their stories and successfully articulate complex topics. Which makes perfect sense when you consider he was a dedicated reader of The Economist at age 13.

As a Senior Vice President, Mark is a leader who doesn’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to help his clients win. Plotting strategy, creating effective messaging, executing media relations campaigns and spearheading crisis communications are all in a day’s work.

WHY MARK BELONGS IN THE ROOM

01

He’s tackled high-profile matters.

As Spokesperson for the Obama Administration’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Mark oversaw press strategy related to large-scale investments in the banking, insurance, and automotive sectors. Politico described him as “indispensable” for his work in the role.

02

He knows how to help CEOs and leaders address their most pressing communications challenges.

He’s helped CEOs of market-leading businesses and leaders of global professional services firms address key policy matters, drive business development efforts and execute custom profile elevation strategies. Mark excels at quickly mastering complex material, from scientific breakthroughs to litigation and regulatory matters.

03

He has serious political chops.

Mark served as National Press Secretary for then-Senator Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign. During the 2020 election, he was a Senior Advisor to Unite the Country, the pro-Biden Super PAC. He also served as Deputy Communications Director and National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee in 2016, leading rapid response teams and serving as the party’s on-the-record spokesperson.

GOOD TO KNOW

Mark received a B.A. in government with distinction from Colby College, an MSc in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

FUN FACT

While in journalism school, Mark established a speaker series featuring former presidential speechwriters including Ted Sorenson, one of John F. Kennedy’s closest advisors.