Research Associate

Mark Erwin is a research associate at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 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 six years in the U.S. Army as a Scout platoon leader and completed a 15-month deployment to Iraq.  He rose to the rank of Captain. His personal awards include the Bronze Star medal and combat action badge.

Mark attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where received his commission in 2005. Mark also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  He is a Major in the Army Reserves and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science & Leadership at West Point. Mark is a founding board member of Team RWB, a national veteran’s non-profit organization that supports veterans.