Mark Pischea is the Managing Partner of the Sterling Division, overseeing operations and the development of strategy and positioning for the company and its clients. Mark also manages the firm’s Public Affairs, Issue Management, and Energy divisions. Mark has worked in the political arena for over 30 years, helping to elect Republican candidates and support conservative causes at the local, state, and federal levels.
While at Sterling, Mark has helped lead the firm’s efforts to expand Senate Republicans’ majority to the largest in state history, and managed communications for Michigan’s historic Right to Work legislation. He has won dozens of awards over his career, including a first-place Pollie Award in 1996 from the American Association of Political Consultants for the nation’s best independent expenditure television ad; and a Telly Award for the best Non-Broadcast Short Form Documentary in the world for “Gerald Ford, A Profile of Courage,” a documentary he wrote and produced for the 2012 Republican National Convention.
In addition to his political accomplishments, Mark is considered one of the country’s top conservative clean energy thought leaders. His vision and determination have led to the establishment of Sterling’s Energy Division, as well as creation of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum. Mark is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Conservative Energy Network, a national association of state-based conservative clean energy organizations dedicated to the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies.
Before joining the Sterling team, Mark served as Political Director for the Michigan Republican Party and worked for the election of President George H.W. Bush as Political Director for the Michigan Victory ’88 campaign. After helping to elect Governor John Engler in 1990, Mark moved to Capitol Hill, serving as Deputy Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee – managing the Committee’s Campaign Division, which oversaw the GOP’s 435 congressional races in the Party’s historic 1992 election – the only time either Party has gained seats in Congress while losing the White House.
From 2003-2006, Mark served as Executive Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area, a division of the National Park Service devoted to working with the state’s automotive museums, attractions, historians, and events to promote and protect Michigan’s automotive history.
A strong proponent of giving back to his community, Mark has served on boards of directors for Potter Park Zoo, Children’s Trust Fund and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; as Advocacy Co-Chair for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – MI Chapter; and Co-Chair of the Capitol Cannons Committee. Mark currently serves on the board of the Williamston Theatre.
Mark earned his Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Political Science and History from Central Michigan University.