Research Associate

Mark Erwin is a research associate at the IVMF. Prior to this position, Mark worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as an Advisor to VA Secretary Bob McDonald. Mark’s professional experience also includes three years at the White House as a Program Examiner in the National Security Division in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Before joining the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2012, Mark served on active duty as an Army officer for six years. He led a Scout platoon of 34 soldiers in Baghdad and conducted over 100 combat patrols in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Bronze Star medal and combat action badge during a 15 month deployment. Mark also served as an Operations Officer in Fort Hood, TX as an Intelligence Officer in Fort Polk, LA where he supervised planning operations.

A central New York native, Mark graduated from Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Syracuse in 2001 before attending West Point where he played collegiate golf and received his commission in 2005. Mark also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Mark is also a Major in the Army Reserves and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science & Leadership at West Point. He is also a founding board member of Team RWB, and national veterans non profit organization that supports veterans. Mark lives in northern Virginia with his wife and children.