SVENSSON ACKNOWLEDGED BY OBAMA

Mark Svensson

The hard work of Orangeburg native, RCC Honors-grad, and Georgetown University senior Mark Svensson, has received notice by the American government. Svensson spoke with White House officials and fellow young Americans on February 16 on the White House’s Campus Engagement Call. The topic of discussion – youth engagement.

Led by White House Liaison to Young Americans Ronnie Cho, the call informed the students about upcoming White House events aimed at engaging young people. It also provided a forum for several of the students to share their community initiatives with the others- one of which was Mark. During the call, Mark was asked by Cho to highlight community engagements he is involved in New York to the other students, specifically the Rockland Roundtable Initiative. Cho, well aware of the Rockland Roundtable Initiative, has previously stated to Mark that his work is “making the president proud.”

Svensson states, “It was very humbling to be recognized among all the students across the nation on the call and asked to highlight the work I am involved in here in Rockland. It is always great to talk to others about the positive work being done here in Rockland.”

Last summer, inspired by President Obama’s call for young people to step forward and lead discussions about how to improve their communities, Mark co-founded the Rockland Roundtable Initiative. Through series of roundtable discussions, this initiative brings together students, public officials and citizens to discuss pressing issues in Rockland, and to brainstorm viable ways that together everyone can help make a meaningful difference.

White House press contact Toby Chaudhuri told the Rockland County Times that Svensson is an “impressive student.”