Having worked closely with executive directors of such associations both in Philadelphia and throughout the nation, we can tell you that the hours are long, the demands are endless, and the level of stress is high. Which is just another way of saying that, quite honestly, at times it can seem like a thankless job.
That's not because the people that you serve aren't grateful -- most usually are. It's simply because of the nature of the work. You're working for a non-profit group so you typically don't have a huge budget and you have to watch every penny. Plus, much of your work is behind the scenes and you have to be deliberate, thorough, personable and tactful, no matter what. You have to act almost as an invisible hand, always improving things, always advancing the association and its members and always making others look good without calling undue attention to yourself.
Trust us, we know a bit about this.
And no one that we know right now does a better job at this than Philadelphia Bar Association Executive Director Mark A. Tarasiewicz.
Which is why we're so happy that Mark has been singled out by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the city's ten "Outstanding Voices of the LGBT Community." This honor is so well deserved precisely because Mark, a native Philadelphian who has served the local legal community for more than 20 years, is so deeply respected within his profession and so dedicated to his mission. In fact, it's safe to say that the members of the Philadelphia legal community have no better friend than this perceptive, mild-mannered, amiable leader who always seems to find a way to make good things happen, even under the most trying circumstances.
In fact, Mark Tarasiewicz has developed a knack for bringing positive recognition to nearly every group or organization he's served.Before taking the helm of the bar association nearly four years ago, Tarasiewicz served as associate executive director of the association. In that role, he directed the association’s internal and external communications. He joined the Philadelphia Bar Association in March 1995 as Senior Public Relations Associate.
Tarasiewicz previously served as Managing Editor of the Pennsylvania Law Journal. He also served as Senior Communications Manager for global law firm Dechert LLP.
Tarasiewicz is a past President and Chairman of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Hall of Fame in 2012. He is a three-time recipient of the National Association of Bar Executives Luminary Award, as well as the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Fast Track Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, and has served as an adjunct professor in the Temple University graduate program in Strategic Communication. He has lectured for the National Association of Bar Executives, American Society of Association Executives, Public Relations Society of America, Penn State University, Villanova University and the University of the Arts and was recently honored for his leadership by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.
That mission is in impeccable hands and the association's leaders are very well served by the devoted, day-to-day direction of Mark Tarasiewicz!