Who We AreGlobal Leadership

Mark Ruffo Chief Development Officer


I believe the most effective path to real permanent improvement in people’s lives requires systemic change addressing root causes. Land security unlocks access to resources and rights that leads to a cascade of benefits for the rural poor. Landesa’s work improving the laws and policies that can provide secure land rights impacts not just millions of people today, but many millions more who will benefit from an updated system. The return on investment from Landesa’s work is unparalleled.


Mark has a PhD in Physiology and an MBA from the University of Washington along with a BS in Biology and History from Georgetown University. As the Managing Director of Resource Development for Malaria No More and the Director of Development of Major Gifts for Seattle Children’s, Mark brings with him extensive non-profit development experience. He has directed the teams responsible for all aspects of revenue generation, maintained and expanded financial support from a multitude of donors, and played a leading role in securing over $20 million annually in private grants.

Mark is also the founder of the Science Outreach Education Program, where he developed strategic funding and business plans for department and outreach programs. He serves as a board member of Wellspring Family Services and has recently been active in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, AFP-Philanthropy NW, and the Pride Foundation, among many others.


  • BS, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown University
  • MBA, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
  • PhD, University of Washington



Areas of Expertise:

  • quantitative research
  • research methods
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • project management
  • training and capacity building support
  • campaign design
  • communications
  • Donor Stewardship
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Grants Management
  • Curriculum Development
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Budgeting and Finance

International Experience:

  • Cameroon
  • India
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Netherlands
  • Thailand
  • UK