Mark Despotakis

Director of Public and Government Affairs
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

Mark Despotakis is the Director of Public and Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He handles the association's policy development and government relations efforts around music education issues, educates members about policy and advocacy, and works with a variety of stakeholders to advance the association's mission of advancing comprehensive and innovative music education for all students through quality teaching, rigorous learning, and meaningful music engagement.

Previously Mark was the Director of Market Development at Progressive Music in Pittsburgh, PA where he handled marketing and finance for the company that focused on serving school music programs. 

Prior to working at Progressive Music, Mark spent time at CNN Newsource in Washington D.C. Currently, Mark serves on the SupportMusic Coalition Steering Committee, is a member of the Boards of Directors of NAMM Young Professionals and Western Pennsylvania’s Tournament of Bands, and is also a member of the National Association for Music Education’s Advocacy Leadership Force. 

Mark graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communication.