Mark’s previous position was as the Southeast Prosperity Zone Planner in the NC Commerce Department’s Rural Economic Development Division. In this capacity, Mark assisted towns, counties and non –profit entities in the 12-county region with economic development planning, technical assistance and program implementation. Prior to that, Sutherland served as Vice President of the NC Eastern Region Economic Development Commission, where he led the Military Growth Task Force, the PlanIt East Regional Planning Forum and the Defense Logistics Initiative.
His initial work in Onslow County and eastern North Carolina began in 2007 when as a Senior Analyst at Marstel-Day, LLC, he assisted local governments in formulating a regional response to the massive and unanticipated job growth at area military installations. While at Marstel-Day, Sutherland led teams of analysts that evaluated Base vulnerabilities to encroachment and designed plans that mitigated those risks.
Mark served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, completing 32 years of both active and reserve service, including two tours at Camp Lejeune, and retiring as a Colonel in 2009. He earned his Bachelors Degree at Florida State University and Masters Degree at the US Army War College.