Mark Saint Amour (they/them/theirs) identifies as a queer and trans (non-binary, genderfluid) person of Mexican Indigenous descent.
Prior to joining Center for Whole Communities in 2021, Mark lived and worked in a wide variety of places and fields, from a movie theatre in Detroit and a financial institution in Lansing, a chocolate company in Portland, OR, a popcorn company in Boston and throughout Florida, a vegan food company in Chicago, and even a recycling plant in Grand Rapids. They spent over ten years in the national for-profit industry as an upper-level manager/director and business developer, working both with entrepreneurs opening start-ups and with established companies looking to expand into new territories. Mark has since been active in the non-profit field for over ten years, working with organizations throughout Chicago, Grand Rapids, and beyond, such as Grand Valley State University, Arbor Circle, True Colors Fund, Family Promise, Fountain Street Church, HQ, GR Trans Foundation, and Common Pantry. Mark holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship and General Management with a minor in Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude). They are now completing their Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Mark serves on the Diversity Advisory Committee of Experience Grand Rapids, and the Board of Review and Rural Planning Committee of Saugatuck Township. In all their engagements, they bring a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, using a Justice framework. Mark is passionate about education, flora, fauna, and honoring the land and environment, music, film, decolonization, and anything and everything to do with cats. They live in Saugatuck, MI with their partner and blended family of three, along with their pug, Jeffery and ragdoll cat, Rue.