Mark McDonnell is a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A career U.S. Coast Guard officer, Commander McDonnell has served 10 years at sea on 5 cutters, including in command of a patrol boat and a medium endurance cutter. He came to CSIS following a tour as commanding officer of USCGC Campbell (WMEC 909), homeported in Kittery, Maine. Campbell conducted drug and migrant interdiction, search and rescue, and living marine resources missions throughout the Western Hemisphere. Commander McDonnell has deployed to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Caribbean Sea, and Arabian Gulf for operations and contingencies.
Commander McDonnell’s staff assignments include serving as aide to the Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget coordinator in the Office of Budget and Programs, and cutter manager for the First Coast Guard District in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also detailed as a program examiner in the Veterans Affairs and Defense Health Branch at the Office of Management and Budget. Commander McDonnell holds an M.P.A from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from the United States Coast Guard Academy.