Mark Falzone was selected to serve as President of Scenic America in April 2017.
Since his arrival, Scenic America has increased its investment in lobbying, research, communications, and additional tools to further the organization’s mission. As a result, for the first time in its nearly 40-year history, in 2019 Scenic America authored and passed a bill through Congress.
Additional successes followed this 2019 victory, as Scenic America defeated a billboard industry-sponsored amendment that would have gutted the Highway Beautification Act. Under Mark’s leadership, Scenic America also made additional progress in its campaigns for the undergrounding of utility wires and working to secure additional funds for America’s scenic byways.
Most recently, Scenic America led the effort to secure $16 million for the National Scenic Byways Program in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Also, for the first time since 2009, 49 new All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways were named in February 2021.
For its significant accomplishments in the revival of the scenic byways program, Scenic America was recognized by the America Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with the 2020 “Power of A” Gold Award. Scenic America won a second “Power of A” Gold Award in 2021 for its work to secure byways funding.
Prior to his arrival at Scenic America, Mark served as Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, and before that was a five-term elected member of the House of Representatives in Massachusetts. As a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures he was twice elected to the Executive Committee.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.