Mark Strand

Adjunct Professor

Employer: The Congressional Institute

Title: President

Social Media Handles: N/A

Mark Strand became President of the Congressional Institute in 2007. Founded in 1987, the Congressional Institute is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping Members of Congress better serve their constituents and helping their constituents better understand the operations of the national legislature. 

Strand is also an adjunct professor of legislative affairs at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, and the coauthor of the book Surviving Inside Congress. He also writes a blog, The Sausage Factory, that provides an inside look at legislative strategies and procedures .

Strand spent nearly 24 years on Capitol Hill in both the House and the Senate, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to James Talent (R-MO). He served as the Staff Director of the House Committee on Small Business when Talent was Chairman. He was also chief of staff for Reps. Bill Lowery (R-CA) and Stan Parris (R-VA). He has also served as a Legislative Director and a Press Secretary. 

During a brief interlude from the Hill from 2001-2002, Strand was Vice-President of Government Affairs for the American Water Works Company – the largest publicly held water utility in the United States. 

Strand obtained a master’s in Legislative Affairs from GWU's Graduate School of Political Management, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, and was an undergraduate double major in Political Science and History at Excelsior College of the University of New York. 

Strand regularly speaks to organizations about how Congress works (or doesn't, as the case may be). Besides speaking and lecturing on legislative politics, Strand teaches courses on "Surviving Inside Congress" to new Hill staff, government affairs employees and Washington-based diplomats. In addition, he regularly works with Congressional offices on management issues.


M.A., The George Washington University, The Graduate School of Political Management
M.B.A., University of Phoenix
B.S., Excelsior College of the University of New York


Surviving Inside Congress, Third Edition

Classes Taught

Legislative Politics