Mark S. Peterson has an outstanding background in economic development, financial administration, and high-value fund raising. Prior to accepting the role of President & CEO, Intersect Illinois, Mark served as President & CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), successfully recruiting scores of new companies, creating thousands of new jobs and more than $2.5 billion in new investments.  Mark has proven himself to be a strong advocate for the communities he serves, building a reputation amongst his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent.

Mark is also an award-winning fund-raising executive with an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several world-class nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $120 million.

A proud alumnus of St. John Fisher College, Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in Kent State University’s Executive MBA Program in 1994. Dedicated to giving back to his community, Mark has served on many community boards and was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, St. John Fisher College. Mark enjoys playing golf and spending quality time with his wife of 33 years, Kathleen, and their four daughters, Shannon, Megan, Erinn, and Liann.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Serve as the champion for promoting the state of Illinois
  • Increase Illinois’ competitiveness for job creation and investment
  • Collaborate with state, regional and local partners on advancing the state’s message
Why I Love Illinois
“I am inspired by the people here –
– they are full of gumption and passion to change the conversation around Illinois. I am both humbled and honored to serve as a champion for them in promoting our state.”
Mark S. Peterson | President & CEO