Mark Mazzone was born in Detroit, Michigan. Born to a United States Marine and his wife, he experienced exposure to many different types of people, growing up in California, North Carolina, and eventually joining the US Army in 2000 after he graduated high school. Serving five years on active duty, he deployed with the first Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis, Washington. Shortly after, he left active duty and joined the NC Army National Guard, remaining a Signal Support Systems Specialist, where he served as an infantry company communications NCO, electronic warfare NCO and is now the battalion communications chief for the 1/120th Combined Arms Battalion. He is also a graduate of the University of NC at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and currently works for a local software company as a technical writer and software trainer.
His work with the LGBT community started after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and took on a few different forms, from working as the Chief of Staff for the OutServe NC chapter to Executive Director of a small local nonprofit focused on being a clearinghouse for resources for the LGBT community both military and civilian. As Assistant Communications Director, Mark will have the ability to represent the new wave of the equality movement for LGBT service members.
Mark currently lives in Wilmington, NC, with his husband Derrick, a Navy Reservist.