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 of Intersect Illinois, Mark served as President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) for nine years. During his time in Upstate New York, Mark proved himself to be a strong advocate for the region, building a reputation amongst his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent.

Now, Mark is strongly committed to promoting Illinois, attracting quality businesses and changing lives through job creation. A natural problem solver, Mark has true talent for connecting people with appropriate resources to generate results.

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