Throughout the last three decades, Mark Knouse has addressed governmental and civic affairs from a variety of angles, working as a public employee, business executive, and independent consultant from Washington. Mark Knouse proved instrumental in acquiring funding for charitable causes during his career, such as Marian Manor, a health care provider for seniors, and Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Mark Knouse currently utilizes his wide-ranging legislative experience and strong communication skills to advocate on behalf of clients at the federal, state, and local levels as a Government Affairs Consultant. Serving for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Mark Knouse concentrates his efforts on the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Defense. With longstanding ties to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Mark Knouse maintains strong relationships with the leadership of the state and splits his consulting time between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Mark Knouse spent some of the initial years of his career in the public sector as a Chief of Staff, gaining direct experience in day-to-day governmental operations. This position brought Mark Knouse to BAT Industries and BATUS, Inc., where he led public policy initiatives for several years. From there, Mark Knouse oversaw communication efforts for Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Resources. In 12 years, Mark Knouse built effective networks for public and government relations efforts. He spent a year and a half directing the company’s interactions with administrative officials and developing a federal advocacy plan for the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Mark Knouse followed those activities with a return to Washington to establish a satellite office for the Pittsburgh-based law practice of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling. The U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush then selected Mark Knouse to become the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Commission for Labor Cooperation. Managing a large budget and a dozen team members scattered across North America, Mark Knouse directed the preparation of research concerning workforce issues.