Keynote Speaker


Mark Mann was born in Muskogee and raised in Checotah, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a President’s Leadership Class Scholarship and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Government with a minor in History.

Mark currently serves as the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education as District 4 Board Member, and was selected by his pears to be Vice Chair of the board. Mark represents families in the central core of Oklahoma City. Mark chairs the district’s Finance Committee, and Co-Chairs the Bond Committee. In his short time on the board Mark has gained a reputation as an advocate for increased school funding, public transparency for school finances, and as an advocate for students. In 2020 Mark was chosen by his peers to serve as Vice-Chair of the board.

Recognizing the role volunteers can play in improving a community, Mark has served a number of local organizations and causes. Mark currently serves as a board member for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association; a board member and Secretary for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a non-profit organization assisting children with legal representation and educational advocacy; and as a board member for Oklahomans Alliance for Healthy Families a statewide coalition of public health experts and parents with the goal of improving the health of our schools, communities and families.

Mark is a past board member and Treasurer for Youth Services for Oklahoma County’s Board of Trustees (PIVOT); a past board member for Wilson Arts Inc., a non-profit foundation supporting Wilson Arts Integration School in Oklahoma City, a past board member of The Oklahoma Celebration of Reading, a past board member of the Warren Spahn Gala Awards, which honors Oklahoma high school student athletes, an Oklahoma sports broadcaster, and the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball; past president of  Bricktown Rotary Club and chairman of the Bricktown Rotary Foundation, and as past assistant district governor for Rotary International District 5750. Additionally Mark was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve on the Oklahoma Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

Mark, along with two other Oklahoma City area businessmen, are the organizers of the Annual Oklahoma City Charity Scotch Tasting, The Maine Event OKC and WSKY Q and Blues. All three events benefit a different Oklahoma City area school or children’s charity each year.

Mark lives in the Mesta Park area of Oklahoma City and is married to Tonya Mann, a life-long educator.  Mark and Tonya have two sons, Alexander Braden, who is an attorney in Denver, and Andrew Mann who is a student at Classen School of Advanced Studies Middle School in Oklahoma City.

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