Meet the Chief Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer
Mark White serves as Chief of Staff and Chief Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer. He represents DHS before the Arkansas Legislature and serves as a primary point of contact for legislators, elected officials, lobbyists, and other state agencies. He also helps to coordinate the Department’s work and initiatives across its divisions and offices. Since he first jointed DHS in 2013, he has served in a variety of capacities including work in the Secretary’s Office, the Office of Chief Counsel, and the Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services. In 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed him to the Governor’s Transformation Advisory Board, which helped lay the groundwork for the reorganization of state government culminating in the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019. A licensed attorney, he has previously worked at the Arkansas Department of Education and the Workers’ Compensation Commission, and he served as a Policy Advisor to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas School of Law.