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Mark Linton, president of the Washington, D.C-based strategy and consulting firm Linton Strategies LLC, served in the Obama administration in a number of capacities and was the first executive director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities.

Previously, Linton served in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including as acting chief of staff and general deputy assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations. Earlier, he served as a legislative aide to then-senator Obama. Before that, Linton worked for Catholic Relief Services, a global humanitarian relief and development organization.

Linton earned his master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his bachelor's degree in foreign languages and international economics from the University of Kentucky.

October 5, 2015

The Awesome Power of a Lame-Duck President

Mayors and governors looking for action from Washington shouldn't buy into the myth that second-term presidents are powerless.