A Message from Our
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
It's hard to argue with Dr. Seuss. Reading, as we all know, is fundamental to not just functioning in today’s society, but in excelling. As do many things in life, it starts early. Children who are read to and learn to read from an early age gain a strong advantage in life. We at The Maryland Book Bank are a participant in the larger ecosystem of reading development for children. Our contribution is providing books to communities and families that do not have access to them.
Our organization is at a pivotal point. Together, with our staff and support from our board, we are taking action to improve our long term sustainability and increase our impact in the communities we serve.
We thank you for your continued support of our mission.
Mark was born and raised in Rhode Island. Mark holds a B.A. in Sociology and Economics from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from college, he returned to Providence and worked at Communities for People, where he was introduced to the nonprofit world as a shelter manager for their at-risk boys' residential program.
Mark moved to Baltimore in 1996 and served as president and CEO of Barmon Marketing. After 12 years of the corporate world, he joined Baltimore Reads as the director of their Book Bank program.
In order to offset programmatic costs, he established a social enterprise, book selling operation and workforce development program.
In March 2014, Mark formed the Maryland Book Bank and acquired the book bank program from Baltimore Reads. Since the acquisition, the program has grown substantially thanks to partnerships with organizations such as the Baltimore Ravens and Better World Books.
Mark is also the founder of the Baltimore Collaborative Warehouse, a shared space and resource initiative for non-profits in need of warehouse space.