Mark Kurtzrock, President of The Neighborhood Academy
Mark attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. After cutting his teeth in the political sector, including work as a public policy advocate and lobbyist for several trade associations, and Chief of Staff for a state senator, he was recruited to join the newly formed Pittsburgh Technology Council. It was here that Mark would enter into Pittsburgh’s newly emerging technology industry in the 1980’s. He would go on to hold a number of c-level positions in various technology companies in the region. From there he moved on to roles at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development/Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (Executive Vice President, and later President), where he helped launch and manage a number of regional technology initiatives, including the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and the Technology Collaborative. He was subsequently tapped to lead the successful turn-around of Dymun + Company, a well know marketing communications company. Mark comes to us directly from Metis Secure Solutions, LLC, an award winning life safety-company he launched serving as President and CEO for seven years, which he subsequently sold to Mircom Group of Companies in 2016.
Mark is no stranger to The Neighborhood Academy. Shortly after the school’s founding in 2001, Mark joined the board and served in multiple capacities from Development Committee Chair to Board Vice Chair. He also served for two-decades on the Negro Education Emergency Drive (NEED)’s Board of Trustees as both trustee and former Chairman. Through NEED, Mark created a scholarship fund which awards, in perpetuity, an annual scholarship for Neighborhood Academy students.
Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and as Secretary on the Board of Directors for FortyX80.