Mark E. Rey joined The Livingston Group after eight years as the nation’s Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He brings to TLG expertise from both Capitol Hill and the private sector.
As USDA Under Secretary, Mr. Rey oversaw the programs for the US Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The agencies within this mission area managed the 192 million acre National Forest System as well as conservation projects on 210 million acres of farm and ranch lands. They employed nearly 45,000 full-time personnel and administered a budget of nearly $8 billion.
Mr. Rey also held the position as senior staff at the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In that role, he was responsible for drafting legislation, organizing more than 100 legislative and oversight hearings, coordinating media relations, counseling committee members and other Senate and House members and staff, along with working with executive branch officials.
In the private sector, Mr. Rey held the position of Vice President for the American Forest and Paper Association and the Executive Director of the American Forest Resource Alliance. His responsibilities included program development, legislative and legal advocacy, membership growth and supervising the start-up of a grass roots organization representing forest product industry and non-industrial forest landowners.
Mr. Rey earned several degrees from the University of Michigan, including a Masters of Science in Natural Resources and Administration; Bachelor of Science in Forestry; and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management. While teaming with The Livingston Group, he also continues teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan State University as an Executive in Residence.