DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT
Mark W. Lippert is a member of the Mariemont High School class of 1991. Mr. Lippert graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with both a B.A in Political Science and an M.A. in International Policy Studies. From 1999 through 2005, he served as an advisor and a professional staff member for several Senate committees, advising Senators Patrick Leahy, Tom Daschle and others.
Mark followed as the foreign policy advisor for then-Senator Obama, working on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Lippert has served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff for the National Security Council, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense. In September 2014, he was confirmed as the United States Ambassador to South Korea.
His military service includes active duty deployments as an intelligence officer with the United States Navy to Iraq and Afghanistan with Seal Team One, and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, respectively.
Mark and his wife, Robyn, have one son, James William Sejun.