Mark Schwartz was named County Manager by the Arlington County Board in January 2016 after serving as Acting County Manager the previous six months. He was a Deputy County Manager from October 2010 through June 30, 2015, and was named Acting Deputy County Manager in November 2009. Mark joined County government in December 2005, serving as deputy chief financial officer and later as Director of the Department of Management Finance and Chief Financial Officer before joining the Office of the County Manager.
An Arlington resident since 1985, Mark has an extensive background in financial management, strategic planning and administration. Before coming to Arlington in December 2005, Mark served 12 years in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President. As branch chief, he was responsible for directing and supervising staff in their work with the Department of the Treasury, financial regulators and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Mark was responsible for formulation and execution of portions of the President’s budget, legislative proposals, regulations and testimony.
Prior to OMB, Mark served as counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he helped assess judicial and Justice Department nominees’ competence and integrity. His responsibilities also included serving as a liaison with Congressional members, staff, public interest groups and Justice Department officials. He also worked as an attorney with the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld, and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mark holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Mark lives in Arlington’s Ashton Heights neighborhood with his family. Since moving to Arlington County, Mark has been deeply involved with the community, serving on the Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee, the Ashton Heights Civic Association, the Parent/Teacher Association at both Long Branch Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. He was appointed by the Arlington County School Board to the School Budget Advisory Group for 2005.
Mark Schwartz discussed his work and Arlington County in a live interview with WERA-FM in May 2016. The interview begins at 1:10:00 in the archived recording.