Mark Kennedy

Hon. Mark R. Kennedy

Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Political Management


Faculty Programs: Political Management

The Honorable Mark Kennedy leads George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), the world's first school of applied politics. GSPM's premier position and global partnerships ideally position it to help democracy work!

Kennedy equips leaders to succeed at Business in a Political Age by sharing insights that fuse the perspectives he has gained from:

Politics – United States Congressman from 2001 to 2007, and presidentially appointed trade advisor to both President Bush and President Obama 
Business – Fortune 100 senior executive (Macy’s), and more 
Academics – Professor of Political Management at GSPM, has taught at leading graduate business schools around the world
Global Engagement – three decades of extensive speaking and involvement with foreign business leaders and government ministers across 40 countries

Kennedy has acquired a unique combination of perspectives from his experiences leading in C-suites, serving in the halls of Congress, and traveling across the world to engage business, political, and civic leaders in nearly 40 countries. In his speeches and lectures, Kennedy shares insights taken from his broad experiences that overturn conventional business wisdom.

Previously, Kennedy led as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of a Fortune 100 company (Macy’s); helped Pillsbury acquire Häagen Dazs and spread it around the globe; served three terms in the U.S. Congress (2001–7); and then returned to the private sector in a global role with Accenture (a leading consulting firm) while continuing public service as a presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy (under both President Bush and President Obama).

Kennedy teaches, advises and speaks to audiences across the globe on success as a Business in a Political Age. Kennedy shows how businesses can effectively engage with political, regulatory, media, and activist-group forces to simultaneously advance their market strategies and benefit society.

Kennedy is an Executive in Residence at John Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and has lectured or led research projects at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton, London Business School, HEC-Paris, Mannheim Business School, National University of Singapore Business School, Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo) and the University of Maryland.

Kennedy also serves as Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota (

Kennedy has a record of effective collaboration. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead several pieces of legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills.

A graduate of St. John's University, Kennedy received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the The University of Michigan.

Mark and Debbie, his wife of 31 years, are the proud parents of four successful young adult children. When they are not traveling, they split their time between Washington, DC and Minnesota.