Mark Packer joined SOPAC as Executive Director on March 4, 2013. He came to SOPAC from Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, where he served as Executive Director from 1988 to 2013 and Summer Arts Camp Director from 1985 through 1987.
He joined Appel Farm’s staff in 1984. A native of Montreal, Canada, he is a graduate cum laude of Kenyon College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and attended courses towards his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
For over 30 years he has played a major role in regional and statewide arts organizations including the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, which he founded in 1992, and ArtPride New Jersey, where he has been a Trustee since 1988 and served as President from 2006 to 2012. He co-founded the Arts & Business Partnership of Southern New Jersey and was honored in 2002 as the recipient of ABP’s annual Art Partner of the Year.
In 2009, Mark received the Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award from the South Jersey Cultural Alliance for his outstanding service to the nonprofit arts community of the region and the State of New Jersey.
He has served as a consultant, mentor, and panelist for numerous organizations and individuals, including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the G.G. Green Redevelopment Project in Woodbury, and the Jefferson Choral Society in Lynchburg, Virginia.