Mark Drennen


Capital Area Finance Authority

Capital Region
Geo Area
Region 2


Mark Drennen brings decades of experience in government affairs and public policy to Capital Area Finance Authority, as well as a wealth of connections in the public and private sectors. As commissioner of administration under Gov. Mike Foster, he was instrumental in forging the public-private partnerships that brought new state office buildings to downtown Baton Rouge and directly led to the revitalization of the historic neighborhood.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – Cornerstone Government Affairs, Baton Rouge, La.
January 2008 – October 2016
Cornerstone Government Affairs Provides its clients with discreet, hands-on public affairs, lobbying, strategic counseling, advocacy, and business development services.

PRESIDENT AND CEO – Greater New Orleans, Inc (GNO Inc), New Orleans, La.
February 2004 – January 2008
GNO Inc is a regional economic development organization created in 2004 with the purpose of retaining and creating jobs in the 10-parish region of southeast Louisiana.

COMMISSIONER of ADMINISTRATION – Division of Administration, State of Louisiana, Office of the Governor
Baton Rouge, La.
January 1996 – February 2004
Responsible for the preparation and implementation of the state’s $16 billion operating and capital outlay budgets. Member of the State Revenue Estimating Conference and State Bond Commission.

PRESIDENT – Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), Baton Rouge, La.
April 1987 – December 1995
Chief Executive Officer responsible for fundraising, coordinating research efforts and disseminating research findings

LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICER – Louisiana State Legislature, Baton Rouge, La.
October 1979 – March 1987
Responsible for the preparation and presentation of short and long-term revenue projections, developing fiscal status briefs and fiscal notes on proposed legislation that would impact state or local finances.

DEPUTY LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICER – Louisiana State Legislature, Baton Rouge, La.
December 1974 – September 1979
Directed the Fiscal Office in the absence of the Fiscal Officer and provided recommendations to the Fiscal Officer on personnel hiring and staff training. Reviewed and analyzed the programs and operating budgets of state agencies to the various legislative budget committees.