Expertise: Compassion’s Ministry, Non-Profit Ministry-Business Relationships, Global Poverty
Mark Hanlon is the Senior Vice President, USA of Compassion International and serves on the global executive leadership team. His 30-year plus history with the organization is grounded in his belief that it takes a whole-child approach to fight poverty.
Mark is dedicated to permanently releasing children from poverty, not merely sustaining them through it. “Over my tenure at Compassion, 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 was formally appointed to his current position in 2007, after serving 20 years in a number of leadership roles throughout the organization. Under his leadership, the number of children being sponsored by U.S.-based donors has grown more than 350%.
Growing up in inner-city Chicago, Hanlon’s desire to help children was influenced by the example of his parents, who operated an outreach organization for homeless men living on the city’s streets.
At age 18, Hanlon became a Compassion child sponsor. Through this one-to-one sponsor relationship, Hanlon was inspired by Compassion’s one-of-a-kind 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, Hanlon began his more than 30-year career at Compassion. His work in information technology, project management, customer service and marketing prepared him for his current role.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems, and a Masters degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver.
Along with his wife, Joey, Mark resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through Compassion International, Mark’s family currently sponsors children in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru. Mark’s adult son, Brent, and his wife Jenny, sponsor two boys in Kenya and Bolivia.