City Manager Mark B. Jinks
On April 14, 2015, the Alexandria City Council appointed Mark B. Jinks as City Manager. Prior to his appointment, Jinks had previously served as Acting City Manager, beginning in January 2015. Jinks has dedicated his career to public service. He joined the City in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the City's budget, finance programs, and information technology services. He served for 10 years in that role before becoming a Deputy City Manager where he oversaw the City's land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, transportation, environmental protection, code administration, affordable housing, parks, recreation, cultural activities, and museums. His responsibilities included the areas of economic development, project finance, and project implementation. Prior to his time in Alexandria, Jinks served as the Director of Management and Finance and Budget Director for Arlington County, Va.
Jinks holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. He is an alumnus of executive education programs at the Kennedy School at Harvard, the University of Virginia and Syracuse University. Jinks taught public finance and budgeting at universities in the United States and Poland, and has served as an economic development and financial management consultant to the cities of Warsaw, and Krakow Poland.
Jinks is a member of the Regionalism Council of the Urban Land Institute Washington, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and the Chief Administrative Officers Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Jinks served as the Chair of the Alexandria-Arlington Waste-to-Energy facility board, and on the boards of public pension funds for both Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. He served as a member the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Joint Development Task Force and the Client Advisory Board for Prudential Retirement. He has also served as a Governor's appointee to the Joint Legislative Subcommittee that reformed Virginia's business license tax system.