About Mark Kines

Mark Kines
Founder & CEO, The Humanistic Group

Born in Baltimore, MD, I went to Calvert Hall prep for business, liberal arts, and spent four years on the debate team. I had serious thoughts about going into law school and earned a Bachelor of English Degree at Towson University to help broaden my skills for a career in law.

That was turned on its head when I decided to plan a five continent independent traveling adventure to understand my fellow beings and see and experience various rich and diverse cultures. I came back with new ideas and concepts that have affected me to this day. I became more focused on nonprofit and community activist work.  I moved to Seattle, WA soon after my return to start my new life, spending nearly twenty years in government, corporate, consulting, nonprofit work. When my mom retired, I briefly came back to Baltimore and was involved in HR management and other projects.

Now, my wife Kasia and I, along with our 27-year-old African Grey parrot, Serrenghetti, and a Siamese cat named Charlie have settled in Friday Harbor, WA, on the San Juan Islands in Washington State, about eighty miles north of Seattle, WA. We live in a beautiful home on a mountain in the woods, with sunset views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, Canada. We often go birding, taking the ferry back and forth to the various islands and the mainland, go sea kayaking, biking and seek out the orca whales that surround this island.

My business background includes work at El Centro de la Raza, a civil rights organization, The University of Washington, and The Boeing Company. I have memberships in SHRM, OD Network, and the ICF Federation. I earned my Master’s degree from Seattle University in Public Administration.

On my own time, I volunteer and support the Island Haven Animal Sanctuary on San Juan Island, read the Economist, am learning Polish and German for fluency, play the cello, walk and hike through the forest daily for meditation and exercise, use my telescope to stargaze, explore adventurous independent travel, enjoy potted plant gardening, read history, politics, Scandinavian mystery novels, biographies, world literature, view German Expressionist Art, and play and follow soccer and tennis.

I have a deeply empathetic heart for all the creatures of the world, am a committed vegetarian for 30 years, and donate my time and money to groups like the ASPCA, PETA, The World Wildlife Foundation, The Audubon Society, RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I am a spiritual person who likes to explore deep issues. I have been blessed with many positive people who came into my life at pivotal moments to change my trajectory. I only seek to return the favor.