Mark Seeger’s journey with communication advocacy started as the proud CODA son of Texas School for the Deaf Educators, Julius and Ruth Seeger, who both graduated from Gallaudet in 1949 and began their teaching careers in Austin that same fall. Mark was born in Austin and graduated from the University of Texas in 1984. He began his advocacy career in the field of deafness at the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Mark was instrumental in the passage of State Legislation in Texas in 1989, prior to the passage of the ADA in 1990, that set the standard for 24/7 Relay Services nationwide.
Mark continued his career at Sprint as an Account Manager supporting the relationship with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and then entered into advanced marketing management. By 1996, he was responsible for maintaining contract relationships with more than 36 state public utility commissions. In 2002, Mark joined the CSD team as a Government Affairs Officer working with the Federal Communications Commission to help shape the Video Relay Service regulations that established reimbursement rates and policies for the early providers of the service. At CSD, Mark also managed Human Service programs, Interpreter Operations, and Video Relay Operations. In early 2012, Mark returned to Sprint to finish his relay career, primarily managing nationwide marketing for the Captioned Telephone Service.
He retired from Sprint in late 2015 and is now an officer of SeeHarp, Inc., which allows him to do freelance American Sign Language interpreting work in medical and court settings when he is in Austin. This also gives him the flexibility to travel extensively with his husband, Jeff Harper, who also recently retired, as an Electrical Engineer from IBM.
Mark’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. This is his first term.