Mark Strand became President of the Congressional Institute in 2007, succeeding founding President Jerome F. Climer. Besides being a coauthor of Surviving Inside Congress, Strand is also is an adjunct professor of legislative affairs at George Washington University. Strand spent nearly 24 years on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as Jim Talent’s Chief of Staff in both the House and Senate. Strand served as the Staff Director of the House Committee on Small Business when Talent was Chairman. He has also been a Legislative Director and a Press Secretary. Strand obtained a B.S. in political science and history from Excelsior College of the University of New York, an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Phoenix, and a master’s in legislative affairs from George Washington University. Strand regularly speaks to organizations about how Congress works. He has been a frequent participant in seminars on Congressional ethics as well as strategic planning and Congressional office management.