Mark Harris joins the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition with more than a decade of experience in government, economic development, and higher education. As President and CEO, Mark is focused on building upon the ISTC’s highly collaborative public-private partnerships to advance Illinois as a hub for research, innovation, and investment. Prior to his leadership with the Coalition, Mark served as a deputy chief of staff for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and also held senior positions at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He also worked as the associate director for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mark currently co-chairs the Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s Entrepreneurship Task Force, which focuses on promoting entrepreneurial education at the state and local level. He is Chilean-American and is fluent in Spanish. Mark holds a BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MA from the University of Chicago.