"Working with children in poverty for over 30 years, I've come to recognize that poverty is more than a lack of money. Only a holistic combination of physical, economic, educational and spiritual development can release children from poverty and allow them to thrive, not just survive."
— Mark Hanlon
Dedicated to permanently releasing children from poverty, not merely sustaining them through it, Mark Hanlon leads the work of Compassion International in the U.S. as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Engagement and serves on Compassion's Global Executive Team.
Mark was formally appointed to his current position in 2013, after serving over 30 years in a number of leadership roles throughout the organization. Under his leadership, the number of children being sponsored globally through Compassion's one-to-one sponsorship program broke the one millionth child milestone, and continues to grow year by year.
Growing up in inner-city Chicago, his desire to help children was influenced by the example of his parents, who operated an outreach organization for homeless people living on the city's streets.
At age 18, Mark became a Compassion sponsor. Through this one-to-one sponsorship relationship, Mark was inspired by Compassion's unique, holistic approach to meeting the physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of a child in poverty. The following year, while working his way through college, Mark began his career at Compassion, currently spanning over 35 years. His work in information technology, project management, customer service and marketing prepared him for his current role as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Engagement.
His resume includes a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems, and a master's degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver.
Mark and his wife Joey, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through Compassion, they sponsor children in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru. Their adult son Brent and his wife Jenny also sponsor children through Compassion International. Mark and Joey welcomed their first grandchild, Eli, into the family in January 2014.