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Council Staff - Mark D. Bisgeier

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Mark D. Bisgeier
General Counsel

Mark D. Bisgeier serves as General Counsel of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council). Created by the RESTORE Act of 2012 and comprised of the Governors of the five Gulf Coast States and Cabinet-level officials from six federal agencies, the Council is responsible for restoring and protecting the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast. He is a member of the senior management team and serves as the Council’s chief legal officer, overseeing diverse regulatory, transactional, and administrative portfolios.

 From 2012 to 2015, Bisgeier served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At NRE, he was a senior counselor and policy advisor to the Under Secretary and the senior leadership overseeing the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service. He participated in negotiating, reviewing, and implementing numerous NRE programmatic and administrative initiatives.

 Prior to his Federal service, Bisgeier practiced law in California and New York, where he developed an international practice involving complex media and technology business transactions. He was a founding partner of an investment bank in Los Angeles and Tokyo focused on acquisitions and large financing transactions in media and media technology. Previously he was Senior Counsel at Tri-Star Pictures, Inc., where during the studio’s inception he helped establish and implement its legal affairs policies and practices.

Bisgeier holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, California, and New York.