After a highly successful elected political career, Mark Andrew created GreenMark Enterprises™ to use his expertise in public affairs, policy, politics, community relations, grass roots organizing, marketing and branding, to advance progressive issues and ideas.
From his earliest adult experiences forming one of the state's most enduring environmental groups, to his first job crafting major green policies for the state Senate Environment Committee, to his 16 years as the most accomplished locally elected environmental leader in his home state, Andrew has brought a lifetime of distinction to environmental causes and issues.
As a student, he was co-founder and first President of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, MPIRG, a student funded action group aiming for greater environmental accountability from institutions, individuals and companies. As staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment, Andrew worked on legislation to save urban forests, clean up the state's waters, restrict copper-nickel mining and put teeth into state environmental review rules.
As an elected Commissioner of Hennepin County, his home state of Minnesota's largest county, he authored the first-ever recycling ordinance, won national awards for it, implemented hazardous waste programs, initiated and passed the first dedicated urban hiking and biking trails in the Twin Cities and was Chair of the transit authority that planned and selected the first light rail transit line in the state. Andrew's initiatives won over a dozen national awards from the National Association of Counties.
For the past 7 years Andrew has been charting new waters again--as the first to identify sports buildings and teams as vehicles for profitable green stewardship and sponsor branding. He created the first all-green sports sponsorship category in major sports, "Official Sustainable Water Partner", owned by water giant Pentair, in an historic sponsor partnership that captures and repurposes over 2 million gallons of rainwater per year at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
Andrew's political and public communications career has given him expertise in executive consulting, strategic counsel, public affairs, media relations, events, marketing and project management services. He has served clients and partners as diverse as the national Environmental Defense Fund, global explorer Will Steger, 3M, Dow, Panasonic, Boston Red Sox, 2008 Republican National Convention Host Committee, University of Minnesota, the first all-green celebrity Gala at a Super Bowl, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Portland Trail Blazers, San Fransisco 49'ers, national Blue-Green Alliance and others.
In 2012, Mark and his company initiated, conceived, assembled and secured approval for the largest solar energy installation in the state, at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The solar project became viable with GreenMark's financing and branding innovation of combining energy efficiency with a corporate branding partnership to help finance the 4.3MW ramp-top pv solar installation.
With the groundbreaking of the solar partnership with the MSP Aiport, Ameresco, Xcel Energy and GreenMark, the agency has extended its reach into the solar development space. In 2013 Mark joined forces with a partner to create GreenMark Solar, LLC, which developed and sold nearly 15MW of community solar projects. In 2017, Mark sold his 50% stake in the company and retired from the solar business.
In 2018, Mark was elected Chair of the Board of Meet Minneapolis, the City’s marketing arm and Tourism and Visitors association. He and his wife, Connie, own a seasonal food business at the Minnesota State Fair and are happy to serve thousands of customers each year with real S’mores and World’s Greatest French Fries, a skin-on product that really is the world’s greatest.
They have two children and reside in Minneapolis with their dog, Jada.