a man standing on the beach with his surfboard

Mark Carter

Director of Development


(302) 226-8105

Mark is a Delaware native and grew up on a farm outside of Milford, Delaware. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Virginia Military Institute, and he served for 8 years as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a result, he has lived in (and adventured in) many environments around the U.S. and a few around the world.

After completing his time in the military, Mark worked as a kayak guide and instructor for several years with Quest Adventures and volunteered many years with the Surfrider Foundation (DE Chapter), the Delaware Nature Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other local non-profits. He comes to the Center from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery where he spent over a decade directing community outreach and philanthropic programs.

Outside of his Center job, Mark can often be found on the water surfing, paddleboarding, or kayaking. He also is known to cover some miles afoot or via pedal power, and he enjoys reading on the front porch and dabbles in some woodcraft. He resides in Milton with his partner Sara, a variety of constantly hungry teenagers, and a few eccentric backyard chickens.