President & CEO
Mark Harris has served as President & CEO of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and Institute since June 2012. He has more than 15 years of experience working in government, economic development and higher education. This includes serving as deputy chief of staff for the State of Illinois, working as associate director for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and serving in senior positions at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
Mark holds a BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a MA from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on the board of Energy Foundry and mHub, is on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and is a member of the City of Chicago’s tech council ChicagoNEXT and the Economic Club of Chicago. Mark is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois-Chicago Department of Public Administration. Mark is Chilean-American and is fluent in Spanish.