Mark Jinks is, a management, project finance, and urban development consultant who served 45 years in state and local government, retiring in 2022 after 7 years as City Manager of Alexandria, VA. In Alexandria, Mr. Jinks was responsible for the administration of a city that provides both city and county services, overseeing a workforce of 3,000 City employees, a $1 billion annual operating budget, and a $2.6 billion 10-year capital improvement program. Prior to serving as City Manager, he was Deputy City Manager and CFO for Alexandria, and prior to that was CFO and Budget Director of Arlington County, VA. He started his career as a Program Analyst / Capital Project Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Mental Health.
Mr. Jinks holds a BA in political science and an MPA from The Pennsylvania State University, in addition to being an alumnus of continuing education programs at Harvard University, UCLA, Syracuse University and the University of Virginia. He has taught at universities in the US and Poland. In the early 1990’s, Mr. Jinks was a financial and economic development consultant to the cities of Warsaw and Krakow in Poland. He has served on numerous governmental and non-profit boards of directors, three public pension fund boards, two transit organization boards, and one Virginia General Assembly study committee. He chaired the Chief Administrative Officers Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments for two years and is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the ACT for Alexandria community foundation.