Executive Vice President, Charitable Giving
As Executive Vice President, Charitable Giving, Mark Melia has primary executive responsibility to lead and organize agency efforts to promote charitable giving to the poor of the world through Catholic Relief Services. He is responsible for all charitable giving activities, which in 2012 generated more than $130 million. He leads a department of nearly 80 people charged with growing net revenue by identifying and supporting efforts that build relationships with current donors and begin relationships with new donors. In partnership with the President and CEO, he provides leadership to all Charitable Giving efforts undertaken by the CRS Board of Directors and the CRS Foundation Board of Directors. He also serves as a member of CRS' Executive Leadership Team.
Mark began his career with CRS in 1991 in what was then known as the Church Outreach Department. He supervised outreach to church affiliates and managed CRS Rice Bowl, one of CRS' signature annual programs. Later, as Associate Director for Church Outreach, he served as primary liaison between CRS executives and church leaders in the United States, including Cardinals and Bishops, and directed outreach activities to the church network in the United States.
After his graduate studies, Mark worked for three years in the assisted living and affordable housing industries. He returned to CRS in 2002 as Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director, Fundraising and Marketing. In this role, he directed implementation of strategic growth plans, developed new revenue streams and ensured effective stewardship and recognition of donors. In 2007, he became the Deputy Vice President, Charitable Giving, directing annual giving, donor services, Hispanic outreach, publications, prospect research and revenue analysis. He assumed his current position in 2012.
Mark has served on the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Development Conference, serving as the Chairman, and has also served on the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore Board of Directors. He is an active member of his parish. Mark has both an M.B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Maryland as well as a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Towson, Maryland with his wife and two children.