Mark Gassaway MAcc, MBA, CPA

Finance Director, Clark County, Washington

Mark Gassaway MAcc, MBA, CPA

Clark County is located in southwest Washington, bordered on the south and west by the Columbia River, directly across from Portland, Oregon. The County has a population of 520,000 and the County government has 1,800 employees. The County enjoys stunning views of the Cascade Mountain Range which are about one hour to the east and the Pacific Ocean is just over an hour's drive to the west.

Mark spent the first 18 years of his career working in private industry, beginning his career in public accounting with Ernst and Young. After six years of external and internal auditing, Mark went on to work as a financial analyst, accounting manager, and controller with various companies including ACS (a Xerox company), Sharp Microelectronics, and Cascade Corporation.

In 2004, Mark went to work for Clark County, Washington as a Senior Management Analyst and was promoted to his current position as Finance Director in January, 2014. As Finance Director, Mark reports to the elected County Auditor. He is responsible for the daily accounting, financial reporting, and performance audit functions. He also leads the County Finance Team and was the past chair of the Strategic Leadership Team. Mark has served on GFOA's Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Committee (AAFRC) for five years. During that time he has presented at GFOA's annual conference four times.

Mark has been involved in the community for more than 25 years as a soccer coach. He currently referees both club and high school soccer. He has served in numerous positions on board of directors for youth sports including little league baseball, soccer, gymnastics, and the high school booster club. He has also served many years a Boy Scout leader and participated for seven years as a Lunch Buddy at an inner city elementary school.

Mark has a passion for white water, has rafted for 45 years, and is a guide on several northwest rivers.

"There isn't a better way to spend a day than on the river!"