Mark Rosati began his collaboration with Hawthorne in 2016 as a senior consultant on the Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium, a joint initiative of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and four Illinois community colleges. As the former head of communications for two Chicago universities, Mark has been inspired by the mission of these five institutions to create exciting new opportunities for students, improve the environment, and strengthen the economies of central and southern Illinois.
After a career in journalism that included serving as a supervising editor for the Associated Press in Washington, DC, Mark moved into institutional communications, as interim Director of Public Relations at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and then as Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs for the University of Illinois at Chicago and its affiliated Hospital and Health Sciences System. Now an independent consultant, he specializes in communications for nonprofit organizations. Mark’s work for higher education, foundations, healthcare institutions, and other nonprofit clients includes strategic planning and message development, media relations, social media, web communications, crisis communications, and a wide range of writing and editing, including executive speeches, accreditation reports and other detailed, long-form projects.
Mark lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and daughter (plus two dogs, a cat, and a bird). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Company Theatre Group of New Jersey, and the author of 21 full-length and one-act plays. His plays have had productions and staged readings in New York, Boston, Chicago, Michigan and New Jersey. His volunteer work has included the American Red Cross, Connections for the Homeless, the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Parents’ Council, and Recording for the Blind.