About Us

The Mark and Heather Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership at the University of Maryland unites research, education, and public engagement to foster democratic communication by a diverse people.

The Rosenker Center is housed in the Department of Communication - a unit of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. Committed to the advancement of a diverse and productive democracy through the study of human communication, the Rosenker Center develops projects and sponsors events designed to explore the nexus between communication behavior and political life. The Rosenker Center is also a resource for the political community, offering expertise, analysis, and commentary about political communication.

Contact Us

For more information about the Mark and Heather Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership, contact:

Dr. Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Director
University of Maryland | Department of Communication
4300 Chapel Lane, SKN 2130  | College Park, MD 20742
PH: 301-405-6527  | FX: 301-314-9471  | spg@umd.edu

Mark and Heather Rosenker

Mark V. Rosenker

Mark V. Rosenker is an alum of the Department of Radio, TV, and Communication at the University of Maryland, where he was also a cadet in the Air Force ROTC. He is a retired Major General in the Air Force Reserve, and a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. General Rosenker served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office and as the 11th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) under the George W. Bush administration. He has also served as the Electronic Industries Alliance Vice President of Public Affairs, the Boards of Sequa Corporation, the Aerospace Industries Association, the Community College of the Air Force, and the FLYHT Aerospace and Lattice Corp. Board. He has worked in the Department of Interior, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Most recently, the Governor of Virginia appointed him to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. He is also President of the Transportation Safety Group LLC. He appears regularly on CBS News and WTOP radio to offer expert commentary on transportation issues. Mr. Rosenker has received numerous awards and decorations, including two awards of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and a Legion of Merit, the National Safe Boating Councilís Confluence Award (twice), and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) award.

Heather B. Rosenker

Heather B. Rosenker graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Mass Communication. She is currently the President and Founder of HBR and Associates, LLC. She was formerly the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Communication for General Motors, as well as directed the GM Foundation Strategic Communications Operations. She has worked in public relations at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and built and managed communications and public affairs operations. Most recently, she co-led that firm's Global Security Practice and managed teams for a number of Department of Homeland Security programs/agencies (US VISIT, FEMA and ICE's Secure Communities). She has served in senior management at the Transportation Security Administration, was a Senior Executive at the Internal Revenue Service, and an Executive Director at the Federal Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce. Moreover, she has served in the White House on the Council on Environmental Quality, as Press Secretary in New Jersey for President Reagan, as a Press Advance Volunteer at the White House for the Reagan presidency, and on the re-election campaign for Governor Tom Kean of New Jersey. Heather Rosenker is a seasoned, accomplished strategic communicator experienced in the federal, state, association and corporate communications arenas.