John-Mark Hack joined MACED as Lending Director in 2020. He brings diverse experience from his varied career in government, business, the non-profit sector and academia. John-Mark graduated from Transylvania University in 1988 with a degree in Political Science, and completed a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1992 at the University of Kentucky. He and his wife served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Costa Rica 1992-1994, after which John-Mark worked as a County Extension Agent in Nicholas County. In 1997, he joined the staff of Governor Paul Patton, and in 1998 became the first Executive Director of the newly established Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. In this position, John-Mark led the development and implementation of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky’s historic effort to reduce tobacco dependence in our farm economy, serving as the program’s first CEO. Since the program began 20 years ago, it has leveraged more than $1.5 billion in public and private investment across rural Kentucky, and Kentucky’s farm economy is no longer tobacco dependent.
Since leaving the Governor’s Office, John-Mark has worked in large and small business, co-founded a non-profit, taught at the university level, worked again briefly in state government, and co-founded a successful farm-based business. He chairs the board for Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, a non-profit group dedicated to facilitating the successful re-entry of citizens returning from incarceration, and serves on the Board and Executive Committee for the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.
Outside of work, he most enjoys spending time with his family, travel, writing, the outdoors, cooking, music, cycling and tennis.