Mark A. Kroeker

Mark Kroeker spent the first decade of his life as a son of Mennonite missionary parents in the country now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. At age twenty-one, he began a thirty-two year career with the Los Angeles Police Department where he rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief. During his career he launched an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing life saving organ transplants to children with centers in Costa Rica, Argentina and of late, Armenia. He holds several degrees including a Master of Science in International Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He lead a team of American police leaders to design the plan for the Haiti National Police following the return of ousted President Aristide to his position. He also participated in the exploration of police development projects in Rwanda and Burundi. In 1997, he was invited to serve as Deputy Commissioner of the International Police task Force in the United Nations Mission in Bosnia where, he led the operational police elements of the UN Mission in monitoring, mentoring and training Bosnia's local police forces. On his return to the U.S., he served as a member of the American-Israeli-Palestinian Anti Incitement Committee where he worked on ways of reducing intergroup conflict in the Middle East. In 1999, he became the Chief of Police for Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. where he led a police force in Oregon's largest metropolitan area for almost four years. In 2003, he was invited to serve as Commissioner of Police for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), where his responsibility was to lead a force of international police officers in reforming, training, mentoring and equipping a new police for the war-torn nation of Liberia. In 2005, he was appointed as the Police Adviser for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations where he served for more than two years directing the activities of the Police Division and overseeing UN Police operations in all UN peace operations. On conclusion of his service with the United Nations in 2007, he launched Kroeker Partners, a business organization dedicated to enhancing the capacity of justice systems in the United States and around the world. Mark is married to Diane Kroeker and has three grown children. His interests are reading, music and international law enforcement affairs.