Mark Planning is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, he provides strategic advice to the Secretary and Departmental leadership on engaging and enhancing relationships with state, tribal, city and county governments, other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and key stakeholders.
Mark previously served as Director of Government Relations at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Prior to EEI, Mark amassed more than two decades of experience leading federal engagement from different vantage points, including strategic consulting for energy companies and other regulated industries, and legislative affairs advocacy on behalf of the National Association of Water Companies and the American Water Works Association.
Mr. Planning began his legislative and advocacy work with the Office of U.S. Rep. Stan Parris and as a staff member on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf.
Mark resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University and a law degree from the George Mason School of Law.