As the Senior Vice President for Strategic Practice, Mark Frohardt works to ensure the continued development of an evolving and adaptive strategic framework, that integrates strategic thinking into the daily practice of staff across Internews.
Throughout his career, Mark has focused on the delivery of information in contexts of crisis and instability, with particular expertise in designing innovative information systems that improve operations and connectivity to affected communities. For twenty years prior to joining Internews, he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Fred Cuny’s Intertect, and the Center for the Study of Societies in Crisis.
After joining Internews in 1999, Mark established the organization's first health portfolio and provided leadership as Vice-President for Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media. As the Executive Director of the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, Mark lead the design of research and experimentation to strengthen local media and information ecosystems. He continues to promote the development of systems that employ innovative uses of data and information in program design.
Mark has shared his analytical insights through published work, including:
- Use and Abuse of Media in Vulnerable Societies
- Why Information Matters: A foundation for Resilience
- Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners
- Beyond Data Literacy: Reinventing Community Engagement and Empowerment in the Age of Data
Mark holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Yale University and a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.