Mark Kroese has been exploring and photographing the high-and-wild for more than 40 years. He thrives in the confluence of outdoor adventure, visual storytelling and environmental conservation. Mark has travelled extensively, from Madagascar to Monaco, and considers himself lucky to have seen some of this planet’s most exotic and pristine places. His idea of a good time — and a good story — is a well-planned adventure gone awry.
Mark began his career in the ad agency business and has spent more than 20 years working at Microsoft. He is currently the General Manager of Microsoft’s Sustainability Solutions Group, leading a diverse team of scientists, policy experts, marketing managers, carbon accountants and investment professionals to help deliver on Microsoft’s industry-leading sustainability commitments: carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste. Mark is also an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, with a focus on combating climate change.
Mark has climbed a lot of mountains, written a book on climbing mountains, and recently completed a term as President of the American Alpine Club, an organization that promotes the climbing and conservation of mountains. During that time, he has witnessed alarming levels of glacial recession, and watching the planet literally melt before his eyes continues to fuel Mark’s determination to tackle climate change and make the world a more equitable place.
Mark believes we are at a unique point in history, one in which we have unprecedented tools to develop creative and innovative solutions to the world’s biggest problems. He believes visual storytelling is a critical part of this effort and is thrilled to serve as a Director of the Harbers Family Foundation.
Mark resides in Bellevue, Washington with his wife Lisa, but he spends as much time as he can — wait for it — in the mountains.