Government Affairs Counsel
Sr. Government Affairs Specialist
Government Relations Specialist
Director of Strategic Business Initiatives
Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mark served President George W. Bush and Governor Ridge as Deputy Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Homeland Security. Working in the White House during a time of war greatly enhanced Mark’s understanding of the importance of executive action. During his tenure in the White House, Mark assisted with policymaking that ultimately led to the historic creation of the nation’s first Department of Homeland Security.
Within the State government, Mark served as Governor Ridge’s Chief of Staff from 1995-2000. As a chief architect to the one of Pennsylvania’s most successful Administrations in recent history, Mark led efforts to significantly enhance the State’s transportation infrastructure. He also assisted with negotiations that ultimately revitalized the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia and brought four new major sports stadiums to Pennsylvania.
Mark has also worked in both branches of Congress. Beginning his public career with the late Senator John Heinz, Mark gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing legislators and the competing priorities between the House and the Senate. These lessons served him well during his nine year tenure as Chief of Staff to then- Congressman Tom Ridge.
Understanding the intersection of policy and politics is essential to a successful public advocacy strategy. Over the course of his career, Mark has developed extensive campaign experience. Mark managed Governor Ridge’s first campaign for Congress in 1982 and later managed his first gubernatorial campaign. He served on President George H.W. Bush’s campaign committee in 1980 and 1988, as well as President Reagan’s 1980 campaign. In total, Mark has worked on eight full time campaign efforts at all levels. At the national level, Mark has served on the Republican Governors Association Finance Committee for over a decade, providing insight and access to State executive branches across the country.
Prior to helping found the Ridge Policy Group, Mark served as Practice Group Leader for eight years at a national law firm where he became a full equity principal. Mark matched his experience in government and politics with a broad-based Federal and State client base. His approach to client matters has always been on a bipartisan basis.
Mark is active in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), the Board of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle, and the Advisory Board for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation. Mark is also a member of the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum National Advisory Council.
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Ned is also a Senior Advisor to Econsult Solutions and a faculty member at Temple University, and presently serves on the board of the National Museum of Industrial History and the Boy Scouts of America: Minsi Trails Council, and also serves as the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Natural Gas Use Committee Vice Chair. Other experience includes private consulting, non-profit roles, and committee assignments with SEPTA, Next Great City, Society and Nature International, and Philadelphia’s Green Economy Task Force. Ned earned a graduate degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University; he also earned Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Journalism with Temple University.
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Before joining the RPG team, Becky gained invaluable experience at all levels of government through internships with Congressman Keith Rothfus and Mayor Carolyn Comitta of West Chester, Pa. During her tenures with Congressman Rothfus and Mayor Comitta, Becky assisted with constituent correspondence, social media outreach, legislative research, and creating innovative borough policies to address consumer safety. Becky has a strong interest in education policy and spent much of her college career working in this field. Becky also volunteers with numerous non-profit organizations.
Becky graduated from West Chester University with a degree in political science and urban studies.
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Her experience in helping York County children led to her service with the York County District Attorney’s Office beginning with her position of victim witness coordinator. As the victim witness coordinator, she developed and implemented a local effort to coordinate services for crime victims. Mackereth also created a number of important programs within the District Attorney’s Office including the Child Abuse Unit, the “Stop Violence Against Women” program, and a Juvenile Prosecution Unit. Mackereth has also served as a statewide consultant for Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General.
In 1997, Mackereth was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as deputy director of the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children. The partnership was established to assist communities in setting up effective programs to reduce childhood violence.
Prior to her election to the state House, Mackereth served as Executive Director of the Healthy York County Coalition at Wellspan Health.
Mackereth was previously elected as Mayor of Spring Grove in 1996 until 2000, and served on the Spring Grove Borough Council and Planning Commission.
Mackereth was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2000 to serve the 196th Legislative District, and served four terms in office. During her tenure in the legislature, Mackereth served on the Education, Children & Youth, Aging & Older Adult Services, Judiciary, and Health & Human Services Committees. She was also appointed deputy whip and chairperson of the House Basic Education Subcommittee.
In 2008, Mackereth took the position of Executive Director of the York County Human Services Department. As Executive Director, Mackereth oversaw the York County offices of Aging; Mental Health; Mental Retardation; Early Intervention; Drug & Alcohol; Veterans Affairs; HealthChoices; Children, Youth & Families; and the Youth Development Center. In addition to departmental oversight, Mackereth was responsible for the administration of the Homeless Assistance Program, Human Services Development Fund, Medical Assistance Transportation, Child and Adolescent Service System Program, Family Group Decision Making, and Homeless Management Information System.
In November 2011 Mackereth was appointed by Governor Corbett as the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. As Deputy Secretary, Mackereth promoted increased collaboration between counties, the state, and providers; pushed for family and youth engagement; and successfully negotiated a Title IV-E Waiver with the federal government to improve child welfare practice and outcomes for children, youth and families.
In February 2013 Mackereth was named Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Mackereth graduated Frostburg State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology.
Bev Mackereth is the mother of four and lives in Spring Grove with her husband, Michael.
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