MARK DANIEL GEARAN
Assistant to the President
Mark D. Gearan is Assistant to the President and Director
of Communications and Strategic Planning. His public service
career includes senior posts in state government, Capitol Hill
and as a key presidential adviser in the White House.
Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, Gearan attended public schools
and was graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1978 with a
degree in Government. He later earned his law degree in the
evening division from Georgetown University Law Center.
At the White House, Gearan served as Deputy Chief of Staff
before his present assignment. During the transition of
President-elect Clinton, he served as Deputy Director in charge
of Washington operations for Transition Director Warren
Christopher. As Vice President Gore's Campaign Manager in the
1992 presidential election, he travelled and advised the Vice
President on issues and strategy.
In state government, Gearan was the Director of Federal State
Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for five years.
In that post, he coordinated all legislative, administrative and
regulatory matters before the federal government for the
administration of Governor Michael S. Dukakis. In the
presidential effort of Governor Dukakis, Gearan was the national
headquarters Press Secretary.
For three years as Executive Director of the Democratic
Governors' Association, Gearan instituted the National Policy
Forum, expanded its membership and improved relations between the
Governors and the Congressional leadership.
On Capitol Hill, Gearan worked for Iowa Congressman Berkley
Bedell as his Administrative Assistant for three years. Prior to
his work on Capitol Hill, he worked for a year as a reporter for
the Fitchburg, MA Sentinel and Enterprise.
Mark Gearan is married to Mary Herlihy Gearan, whom he met when
they both worked for Congressman Robert F. Drinan's re-election
campaign in 1978. They have a three year old daughter,