Mark Patterson started with Parks and Recreation Division in 1987 and serves as the deputy director for the Department of Community Services. In this position he oversees the all recreation tax fund divisions which include Parks and Recreation and Project Administration. With an educational background that includes Anthropology, Zoology and Geospatial Sciences, Mark is equally at home in the woods or a historic site. He has led research and taught about wildlife management and sustainable ecosystems for over 25 years.
Mark has authored several national award winning initiatives. He is a member of several professional organizations including The Wildlife Society, The National Recreation and Parks Association and the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, where he served on its Board of Trustees for six years. Mark has been a speaker at several national and international conventions on topics that include Wildlife Management, Geospatial Technologies and their use in Invasive Species Management, and Sustainable Trails Mapping, Design, and Maintenance. Mark is committed to preserving and enacting sustainable practices for the preservation of the public lands Gwinnett County through the use of technologies and partnerships. He believes the future of conservation starts by creating access to areas and educating to prevent the loss of those stories found there.