Dr. Mark T. Esper

US Secretary of Defense (2019-2020) and US Secretary of the Army (2017-2019)

Dr. Mark T. Esper has led a distinguished career as a visionary leader, innovator, reformer, and change agent with a proven record of accomplishment in a wide range of roles and organizations. He attributes his success to the importance he places on character and values, coupled with boundless energy and a can-do spirit that puts the organization and its people first, and treating everyone with dignity and respect. 

A graduate of some of the nation’s top schools, Dr. Mark T. Esper has led military organizations as small as platoons and companies, and as large as the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. His private sector experience includes service as a senior executive in a Fortune 100 company and as a leader in major trade associations that represent a range of businesses and industries. He has an intimate understanding of the Executive Branch, Congress, and American politics, and has built a broad network of relationships globally. 

Dr. Mark T. Esper is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He and his wife, Leah, have been married since 1989 and have three adult children. 

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