Mark Walsh, a BPC board member, is a current appointee of the Obama administration. He previously served as the executive chairman of Homesnap.
He has spent his life as a technology entrepreneur and political activist. In 1994, Walsh became president of GEnie, General Electric’s online service. He became a senior vice president at AOL in 1995. While at AOL, Walsh oversaw AOL Enterprise, its business-to-business division. In 1997, he joined VerticalNet, a business-to-business portal provider, as its CEO. Under Walsh’s leadership, VerticalNet went public on the NASDAQ in 1999.
Walsh was also the managing partner of Ruxton Ventures, LLC, a private equity and investment firm he founded in early 2001. In 2005, he became a senior executive fellow at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. Walsh is also the founder and chairman of GeniusRocket, a provider of user generated advertising media. Walsh was recently named national board chairman of the New Leaders Council, a major leadership training institution for young progressive talent. In 2004, Walsh served as CEO of Progress Media, parent organization of Air America Radio.
Walsh also served as the chief technology advisor to the Democratic National Committee during 2001 and 2002, and as the head of internet strategy for John Kerry for President. In 2006, he began serving as co-host of XM Satellite Radio’s Left Jab, a weekly political radio show.