Mark Yates

Safer Foundation - Mark Yates

Mark Yates, Vice President, Social Enterprise

"I believe the work we do impacts not only the clients who walk through our doors but also their family, friends and the wider community. Change one person's world; Change the universe."

After nearly two decades working and teaching in the private and public sectors, Mark decided to put his financial acumen and accounting management skills to work in the nonprofit sector. He joined Safer Foundation in 2007 as Associate Vice President, Accounting. His leadership in the development and implementation of strategic plans helped guide Safer Foundation during a critical period of organizational growth.

A nationally recognized expert facilitator and instructor of accounting, Mark also has extensive experience in entrepreneurship training and development. In 2016, he was named Vice President of Social Enterprise to help identify and launch business strategies designed to create opportunities to employ Safer Foundation clients.

Mark has trained more than 450 entrepreneurs in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. He is a facilitator/trainer for the Chicago Urban League Next Step Entrepreneurs Program and for more than a decade, has taught accounting at City Colleges of Chicago.

Prior to joining Safer, Mark was an accounting manager and controller for several law firms; a bank officer; and an accounting Instructor at Robert Morris College. He was also a financial analyst for the FBI’s White Collar Crime Squad, where he was awarded three "Letters of Accommodation" and two "On the Spot Awards" for his design of a software tracking system.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned an MBA in Management Accounting from DePaul University, where his emphasis was on accounting processes and practices within organizations.

Mark, who holds the rank of Eagle Scout, has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America for his community service.

 
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