Mark Toner, Senior State Department Advisor


Mark Toner is a career member of Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor.  He most recently served as a Senior Faculty Advisor at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, a part of the National Defense University.

Prior to that post, Mark was the Acting Spokesperson for the Department of State.  He has also served twice – under two different Secretaries of State – as the Department’s Deputy Spokesperson.  Mark was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European Affairs, where he coordinated public diplomacy programs for Department's largest regional bureau, and in the Bureau of Public Affairs, where he oversaw all the Department's front-line media engagement operations.

Mark has served overseas at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium; the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, Poland; and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. He has also worked in the State Department's Operations Center as a Senior Watch Officer and served as a staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Mark was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa.  He has an M.S.in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame.  He speaks French and Polish.

He is married to Mimi Graham Toner and has four daughters: Katherine, Clare, Megan, and Grace.  He is a native of Chadds Ford, PA.