Mark Walsh was sworn in as the head of Investment and Innovation for the Small Business Administration in December of 2015. He oversees all SBIC, SBIR, Accelerator/Incubator and other growth activities at the SBA.
This is 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 got into 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 (among others) to the progressive airwaves.
Walsh was the chairman of the board of his college alma mater, Union College, of the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Maryland, and received his MBA from Harvard University. He has served on a number of prominent not-for profit boards, including the Bipartisan Policy Center (where he was chair), the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Theatre Workshop and many others.