Mark J. Lesko, J.D., is the Vice President of Economic Development for Hofstra University, where he oversees the School of Continuing Education and the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center, and serves as Executive Dean of Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship and of the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies.
Mark Lesko is the former Executive Director of Accelerate Long Island, a regional collaboration among Long Island’s research institutions to accelerate the formation of an innovation-based economy. As Executive Director, Mark oversaw the $1 million Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund program that partnered with the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund to invest in ten technology-based startup companies. Mark secured funding from New York State to launch Accelerate Long Island’s second $3 million seed fund, which will invest in up to thirty startups in the downstate region of New York State.
Prior to joining Accelerate Long Island, Mark Lesko was the Supervisor of the Town of Brookhaven – New York State’s second-largest Town with 486,000 residents – for over three years. As Supervisor, Mark became a regional leader on the issue of economic development and served on Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council for Long Island.
Before he was elected Supervisor, Mark was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice for ten years in Washington D.C., Brooklyn and Long Island. Mark served as Deputy Chief of the Long Island Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. As Deputy Chief, he oversaw all federal criminal prosecutions on Long Island and was the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) crimes coordinator. Mark also personally prosecuted some of Long Island’s most noteworthy federal cases, including the Muttontown “slave” case and the Symbol Technologies corporate accounting case. Mark also served as a prosecutor in the homicide/major crimes section in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mark was a corporate litigator with large law firms in Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, D.C. In Pittsburgh, Mark helped establish the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Advisory Committee, an organization formed to assist economically depressed communities affected by the closure of steel mills. Mark is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a quarterback on the football team, and he received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School.