Presenter

Mark Bayer

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Mark Bayer is the founder of Bayer Strategic Consulting, a boutique advocacy and training firm focused on helping scientists, engineers, and technical professionals master the keys for successfully interacting with policymakers and other influential stakeholders.

Formerly a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during a 20-year Capitol Hill career, Mark spearheaded significant legislative initiatives that led to enactment of high-impact laws, including a landmark aviation security measure signed into law by President George W. Bush that closed a dangerous air cargo loophole after 9/11; the first-ever bill creating a national strategy to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease—the National Alzheimer’s Project Act—signed into law by President Obama; and an historic bill signed into law by President Obama to enable Americans with disabilities to use the latest telecommunications and video devices and services, including smart phones for accessing the Internet, closed captioning for online video, and audio descriptions of television programming. Touted by his former boss, Senator Ed Markey, for his “decades of superlative experience,” Mark uses his deep expertise to teach his clients proven, true-to-life techniques for building high-performing coalitions that advance their priorities, how to develop and deliver messaging that attracts the interest and involvement of policymakers and staff, and actionable related strategies and techniques to achieve their goals. Mark has been published in Science, Politico, and The New Yorker. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter and the creator of the Savvy Scientist Advocacy Training Program, a series of online, on-demand training webinars. Mark received his master's in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University.