Mark Randall, CFRE

Executive Director, Pontifical North American College

Over 20 years ago, Mark Randall made the bold decision to use his expertise in entrepreneurship and business management to serve the Catholic Church. His journey began after owning a catering company during college and working in the hotel industry. He traveled to Belgium to apprentice as a chocolatier, raised his own venture capital, and opened a gourmet food company at the age of 23. Next, Mark helped establish a financial technology venture that is today the leading provider of innovative capital markets technology solutions.

Since then, Mark has served both start-up and long-established Catholic organizations including St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois where he led a $42 million expansion of the facility, and as Vice President at Wyoming Catholic College. Today, Mark is the Executive Director for the Pontifical North American College, the American seminary in Rome, Italy. He oversees all US operations and leads the team based at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops headquarters in Washington, DC.

Mark is also the co-founder and managing member of The Drexel Group, LLC, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to bringing entrepreneurial vision to the day-to-day mission-fulfillment of Catholic organizations. They serve clients through the United States and Europe.

Mark has spoken at numerous conferences and group events. He is a board member, event chairman and Master of Ceremonies for the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. Other board positions include Rotary International, the Knights of Columbus, and Angelus Academy. He and his wife, Colleen have three children and live in Northern Virginia.