Mark Dederer rejoined Wells Fargo in June 2010 as Vice President, Wells Fargo Foundation and Manager, Community Affairs. In this capacity, Mark is responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of Wells Fargo philanthropic activities in Washington State . He acts as the Company's primary representative in the community, providing support to critical community needs while maximizing opportunities for employee and Company engagement.
Mark builds on his previous experience with Wells Fargo Community Affairs from 2000-2007 when he held positions with progressive increase in responsibilities. His tenure began with the development of the Community Support Program which motivated and supported the personal giving of team members, and ended with the responsibility of the community relations program in Washington State.
A Seattle native, Mark began working with community organizations when he was in middle school. He continues a family legacy of civic duty established by his grandfather, Michael Dederer, an early Seattle businessman and passionate community advocate who was one of the chairmen on the committee that brought the 1962 World's Fair to Seattle.
Prior to rejoining Wells Fargo, Mark served as vice president, director of the Safeco Insurance Foundation and developed its national charitable contributions program focused on strengthening cities with the highest needs. He worked closely with a wide variety of nonprofits ranging from the Arts, Environmental issues to Youth & Education. Mark was instrumental in leveraging contributions from business lines within Safeco to increase the company's impact on the quality of life in Washington and other cities around the U.S.
A Seattle resident, Mark serves on the Boards of Directors of Virginia Mason Hospital Board of Governors, YMCA Camping Services and is the Chairman of the Board of Seafair through 2011. Mark also volunteers his time with The Meredith Matthews East Madison YMCA Black achievers fundraising committee, Central Washington University College of Business Advisory Board and Washington State University College of Education Advocacy Board. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals; an organization comprised of community affairs professionals from Fortune 500 companies.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Central Washington University in 1995. He also studied photography and art at Washington State University from 1982 to 1984.
In his private time, Mark is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys cycling, running and water skiing.
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