2019 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients 

  Distinguished Alumnus

 

Mark DoyleMark J. Doyle, B.A. '79, Language and Communications

Mark Doyle is the managing member of Prairie Avenue Advisors, a Chicago-based strategic consulting firm with deep political roots in Washington and Chicago, who has spent the last 16 years cultivating and nurturing business and political relationships across the country. Doyle earned his B.A. in Literature and Communication from Illinois Benedictine College in 1979.

Doyle was the director of advance for President William Jefferson Clinton’s first successful bid for the White House in 1992 and went on to serve as a deputy director of presidential personnel in the White House. Additionally, during his tenure in the administration, he served as the director of special projects working on the administration’s health care initiative.

Doyle always maintained a political presence in Washington and, in 2006, was approached by U.S. Senator Joseph Biden to help him prepare for his 2008 presidential bid. For two years, Doyle travelled full time with Senator Biden as his travelling political director and as part of his national finance team. During the 2008 General Election and through the Presidential Transition, Doyle travelled with the Vice President-elect and maintains a close relationship with him.

In 2010, Doyle was engaged by the United States Army as a subject matter expert and deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months as part of Task Force 2010, the anti-corruption task force stood up by Admiral Mullen. He has written about the Afghanistan operations for the Chicago Tribune and is a frequent guest in Chicago on their flagship radio station, WGN.

After returning from Afghanistan, Doyle founded Rags of Honor, the only custom silkscreen operation in the country devoted to hiring homeless and chronically unemployed veterans. Rags of Honor and their sister company, Veteran Roasters Cup O’ Joe, have combined to hire 78 at-risk and homeless veterans since opening their doors. He is a former director at Prairie Community Bank in Marengo, Ill., a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, a board member of the Illinois Brain Injury Association and a high school football coach.

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