Mark C. Alexander

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Mark C. Alexander is a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and political activist and campaign specialist. Beginning in January 2007, he was a Senior Advisor to Barack Obama while he was United States Senator, and after his election as President of the United States. Early on, Alexander served as Policy Director, building Obama's network of policy experts and providing overall strategic guidance. As New Jersey State Director in the primaries, Alexander ran all campaign operations in his home state.[1] After the election, he served on the Presidential Transition Team.


Alexander is the son of Adele (Logan) and attorney Clifford Alexander, Jr. His family moved from New York City to Washington, DC when his father began public service in the John F. Kennedy administration. His father also served under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was appointed in the Jimmy Carter administration as the first African-American Secretary of the Army. Mark has a sister Elizabeth, who became a poet and professor at Yale University.

Alexander graduated from college and law school and became active in politics. He has worked for U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum. In 1999-2000, Alexander served as Issues Director for the Bill Bradley for President Campaign. He was General Counsel to Cory Booker in the 2006 Newark Municipal elections and for Booker's transition team after his election as mayor. He also serves as a law professor at Seton Hall University.

In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Alexander to the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program.[2]

In 2013, Alexander unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Nia Gill for the state senate position in New Jersey's 34th Legislative District.[3] [4][5]

Alexander is a resident of Montclair, NJ.[6]


  1. "Montclair man named director of Obama's NJ campaign". Associated Press. 9 Oct 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 11/16/10", Press Release, White House, 2010
  3. Celock, John (27 Dec 2012). "Mark Alexander, Former Obama Adviser, Seeks New Jersey State Senate Seat". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Haddon, Heather (21 Feb 2013). "Ex-Obama Aide Makes Bid in N.J." Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Friedman, Matt. "Gill defeats Alexander in Democratic state Senate primary in Essex County". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 6 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Dao, James. "Homecoming; The Bill Bradley Campaign as a Celebration and Affirmation of the Garden State", The New York Times, October 24, 1999. Accessed October 18, 2015. "Mark Alexander, 35, was teaching at Seton Hall Law School when Mr. Bradley hired him as his issues director. A former aide to Senator Ted Kennedy, he lives in Montclair."

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