Dr. Mark Smutny has many years of experience facilitating nonprofit strategic plans, annual planning retreats, summits and conferences. He is a DEI specialist, Independent Professional Consultant, webinar instructor on to build inclusive leadership skills.  Mark is the author of Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings, 2nd. ed. , a primer on how to transform all types of meetings to be creative, energized, and inclusive. He has worked with clients in affordable housing, homeless services, transportation services for special needs populations, business and resident associations, senior services, refugee and new immigrant services, faith-based groups, public/private partnerships, and other nonprofit organizations dedicated to civic engagement.

Mark received his Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, one of the most religiously diverse theological institutions in the world. His doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary focused on organizational revitalization in multicultural settings. Mark is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A,)., a progressive Protestant tradition.  Mark is also a graduate of the University of Washington’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He is a DEI consultant and strategist with 501 Commons, a Washington State-based nonprofit resource center.  He is a Program Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute, a faith-based agency that equips leaders to build sustainable organizations and communities.

When not working, Mark and his wife, Barbara Anderson, enjoy the Cascades, cooking, gardening, exercising their dogs, and playing with their granddaughters.