Mayor Don Wesely announced today the selection of Mark Bowen as his Chief of Staff. Bowen is currently the State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska. He replaces Gina Dunning, who is now the Director of the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging.
"Mark is a respected professional who has worked with public policy, business and government for 20 years," Wesely said. "He will be an asset in coordinating the multiple projects the city is working on with civic, business and community leaders. He has a well-rounded background of working with both the public and private sectors on a variety of issues. I am looking forward to having him as Chief of Staff."
Before working for the USDA, Bowen worked for U.S. Senator Jim Exon, serving ten years on his Washington, D.C. staff followed by six years as his State Director in Nebraska. Prior to working for Senator Exon, he worked for the Lincoln Public Schools.
"Lincoln is a terrific city. I'm looking forward to working with the Mayor, the City Council, city officials and community leaders on issues and projects that could make it even better," Bowen said.
Bowen is originally from Cook, Nebraska in Johnson County. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He and his wife, Nancy, and their twin daughters have lived in Lincoln since returning from Washington, D.C. in 1991.
Bowen will begin his duties as Chief of Staff July 3. He will be paid $69,900 annually.