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Meet Our Team

Dr. Mark Washington
Chair, TenthFuture, Inc.

Mark Washington is City Manager for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan and prior to that served as Assistant City Manager in Austin Texas as part of his 25 years of municipal service in public administration. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Paul Quinn College Board of Trustees, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal church. He received his B.B.A from Tarleton State University, M.B.A. from Amberton University, M.A. and D.Ed. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has been in ministry 26 years and is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as Pastor of three Churches; Ball Chapel AME Church in Wichita Falls, TX; Armstrong AME Church in Arlington, TX and his last appointment was Pastor of Vision of Hope AME Church in Austin, TX. While at Vision of Hope AME Church, the church was focused on urban ministries and supportive of economic equality, health, ex-offender and transportation ministries. The church provided support for formerly incarcerated and college students with a vehicle donation ministry program that has helped several families obtain cars without financing.

He has also served the denomination in the 10th Episcopal District of the AME Church as a Delegate to the General Conference, member of the Northwest and Southwest Conference Board of Examiners, Chair of Tenth Future Inc., Northwest and Southwest Conference Trustee, Treasurer for the Greater Fort Worth District and Austin Capitol District and Southwest Conference Chair of the Ministerial Efficiency Committee.

Other awards include Austin NAACP Community Leadership Award and Dewitty/Overton Service Award, African American Men and Boys Harvest Community Leadership Award, TSU Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Austin Independent School District Unsung hero Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Minister’s Conference at Prairie View A&M University, Grand Rapid’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Theta Chi Omega Trail Blazer of the Year award and Grand Rapids Urban League Paul H Phillips leadership award.

Rev. Washington has been married to Ardina for over 25 years and has two children.

TenthFuture, Inc. – Executive Board:

Dr. Mark Washington - Chair

Dwayne Hysmith -Vice Chair

Kevin Hodge -Secretary

Lish Burgess -Treasurer

Dr. George Johnson - Advisor

Presiding Elders Council - Ad hoc:

Dr. W. Raymond Bryant

Tyronda Howse Burgess

Dr. George Johnson, Jr.

Mittie C. Muse, Sr.

Chuma Okoli

Brenda Beckford Payne

Dr. Pamela R. Rivera

Dr. Juan Tolliver