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Mark Paris

Managing Director and Head of the Urban Innovation Initiative

Citi


Mark Paris is a Managing Director within Citi’s Municipal Markets Division and leads Citi’s Urban Innovation Initiative.  The Initiative is focused on strategic investments and partnerships with emerging growth companies and organizations that address urban pain points.  Just as importantly, the Initiative looks to companies that have measurable contributions to the economic development of income-challenged communities.  One such example is Revolution Foods, a healthy, affordable, food provider for school children.  Kristin Richmond, CEO of Revolution Foods has said that the Citi strategic partnership has been an extraordinary contribution to their ability to grow throughout the United States.    Streetline, a smart-parking company, has worked with Mark and the Citi team for several years to help city governments reduce parking gridlocks and assist drivers in instantly find available on-street parking.   Other companies within the portfolio demonstrate the breadth of focus, including WaterSmart Software, a water conservation and customer engagement interface, Lunera Lighting, an LED lighting solutions company, and myhealthteams, a social network for individuals with chronic illnesses.

Mark began has led several other businesses within municipal markets, including the higher education practice and the derivative products origination business.   During his career, he has worked with over 300 cities, hospitals and universities throughout the US and abroad.  Mark serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University,  Muhlenberg College, Gill St. Bernard's School, Solaris Health System and the United Methodist Church in New Jersey.  Mark received his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and has undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Muhlenberg College.