Mark Rice currently serves as the Communications Coordinator of EXPO.
Mark previously worked as the JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) Lead National Organizer. In this role, he worked closely with JLUSA’s campaign partners and members to build a movement to cut the number of people under correctional control in the United States in #halfby2030.
Mark founded the #CLOSEmsdf Campaign, aimed at decarcerating Wisconsin, shuttering MSDF (Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility), and redirecting resources to build communities. He is a founding member of EXPO and a founding member of WISDOM’s ROC (Restore Our Communities) Wisconsin Campaign. In addition, he serves as a board member for Project RETURN, a nonprofit organization in Milwaukee that helps people leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to the community.
Mark has earned an M.S. in Urban Studies and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In 2016, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope) and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Gwen Moore for his work to end mass incarceration.
Mark has contributed his expertise on the penal system to numerous media outlets including USA Today, Wisconsin Public Radio, PBS, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Capital Times, Urban Milwaukee, Truthout, NBC 26, WISN 12, CBS 58, the Daily Beast, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.